The pecan nut is the fruit of the pecan tree, tree of the Juglandaceae family, native to North America and emblem of Texas. Like the almond, it is the core of a drupe, an indehiscent, fleshy stone fruit like cherry or apricot. It is one of the oilseed nuts with the highest fat content, around 72% of its weight, but it is also one of the best for your health.
It is recognized by its elongated and ovoid shape, and by its red-brown, smooth and thin shell. The pecan nut is a dry fruit with white flesh, covered with a thin brown skin.In the shell, the almond (the name given to the edible fruit in the shell) looks like a walnut. Its flavor is close to nuts, but is characteristic of pecans.
How long can you keep pecans?
In their bark, they can be stored for 3 or 4 months at room temperature. Shell, you can keep them for a few weeks.
Do not put them in the refrigerator or freezer, then prefer an airtight jar, the pecans go rancid in contact with air. Indeed, a too cold place fixes the oil of the pecan and makes it lose its flavor. Otherwise, it is better to keep them: in the refrigerator, they will keep for 6 months and 1 year in the freezer.
How to choose the right pecans?
In its shell, shake the fruit. If the nut makes noise, it is because it is not good, because of its quality it is very fleshy and must stick to the wall. Hulled, appearance is the best indicator.
One can eat pecans in kernels, fresh, dried, roasted, in powder form, peeled or in the form of oil with a flavor between walnut oil and almond oil. It is a hulled fruit that often comes from the southern United States, the largest producer country with around 200,000 tonnes per year available in every form at nutstop.com.