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Harvesting Pecans


Well, according to my little pecan expert friend here, I think it's time to get out and start harvesting some pecans. Now, of course, there's nothing to give better for Christmas gifts than pecans. Of course, the thing about it is if you have to harvest them off trees, like this big old tree that I'm sitting in, it gets hard. You have to beat them off and try to get them out of these hulls and everything, and get them off of the ground. There should be an easier way.

[Shaking the pecan tree]

Well that got all of the nuts out of the tree I guess. "Are you all right buddy?" I think my little squirrel is in it worse for the wear, but we do have the nuts out of the tree and ready to make some good pecan pie for Christmas.

So that's the way it's done commercially. They've a tree shaker that comes in and shakes these out, you don't have to beat them out, and that gets your meat and your pecans out of the tree at the same time. So make some pecan pie for Christmas.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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