Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thankful for My Pecan Trees

We inherited these great pecan trees when we bought our 1850's home.

So each November, we spend alot of time bending over and picking up pecans.....

Before Maggie eats them.

(Yes! She loves pecans. Don't you see the "guilt" written all over her face?!)

After we pick them up off the ground - we take them to the local hardware store....

And the men who work there weigh them (that bucket weighed 16 pounds.)

Then they pour the pecans into one of these three machines, which crack the pecans.

Quite methodically and loudly, the machines crack them. (I tried to video the machines so that you could hear them, but my camera messed up - or maybe the user of the camera messed up.)

Here is how they look when they are finished....

($5 to crack them all)

And here they are, ready to freeze or give to neighbors....

Thought you might like a little insight into rural Georgia in November.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Olive Cooper said...

Wonderful your trees still produce nuts. Our old pecan trees have stopped producing. Now you can bake! Thanks so much for visiting me. Happy Thanksgiving.♥O

Paula said...

I've never seen a Pecan tree in the fall. You are lucky to have a tree to provide you with these tasty nuts!

Rene said...

What a treat! I had no idea that you could have them cracked.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Tina Eudora said...

Oh Trish that brought back some great memories of when I loved in Texas we had several pecan trees and used to gather the nuts and take them to be cracked and my mother would make pies...yummy!
Have a wonderful pecan filled Thanksgiving Day!
Tina xo

Anonymous said...

Your very own pecan trees??? That's awesome.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Hartwood Roses said...

This reminds me of when I was a kid at Fort Benning, Georgia. In fall, our whole family would go out and wander around under pecan trees picking up nuts. For days afterward, Daddy would sit and watch football and crack and shell the pecans.

We have a huge pecan tree in our backyard here, but it is a completely different variety than the ones I remember from Georgia. The nuts on our tree are small, and very few of them have edible nuts inside. The ones that are edible are usually snarfed up by the squirrels before we can get them. :)

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Who knew that the local hardware store would do something like that in Georgia - they sure don't here. Then again we don't grow pecans. They look fantastic and I bet you have some great recipes for them.

trish said...

Oh you lucky girl! :o)
Our pecan trees did not give us anything this year. Not sure what happened. A few years ago, we had so many!!

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