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'Candy' (Nut Photo) (Shuck photo) Originated as a chance seedling on property of W. B. Schmidt, Ocean Springs, Jackson County, MS. Introduced by T. Bechtel in 1913. Nut: oval, with obtuse apex and base; round in cross section; 66 nuts/lb, 48% kernel; kernels golden in color, smooth textured, with wide dorsal grooves; shells to produce kernel halves despite thick shell. Initiates growth early and makes dark green, attractive leaves. Protogynous, with mid-season pollen shed and receptivity. Bears at 5-6 years, prolific, ripens early. Candy often produces clusters with up to 8 nuts. Shucks have a distinctive rusty stripe in the middle of each segment. Resistant to scab in Texas and most of North Louisiana. Scabs moderately in South Louisiana. Dr. Randy Sanderlin has noted that 'Candy' developed severe scab when unsprayed in an orchard near Monroe, Louisiana, in which 'Wichita', a very scab susceptible cultivar was being grown and sprayed for scab.
LJ Grauke , Research Horticulturist & Curator
USDA-ARS Pecan Genetics
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Somerville, TX 77879