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Pecan is a smooth, thin-shelled oval nut of a commercially important deciduous tree – Carya illinoinensis – native to central and southern United States. It is a member of the hickory family. The nut’s smooth, tan shell averages about 1 inch in length and, though hard, is relatively thin. The buttery-rich kernel is golden-brown on the outside and beige inside. Chopped or halved shelled pecans are available year-round in cellophane packages, cans and jars. Though unshelled pecans are also available throughout the year, their peak season is during the autumn months.
Pecans contain different forms of vitamin E, which protects blood lipids from oxidation. Oxidation of lipids in the body – a process akin to rusting – is detrimental to health. When the “bad” (LDL) cholesterol becomes oxidized, it is more likely to build up and result in clogged arteries. Thus just adding just a handful of pecans to one’s diet each day may help inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping prevent coronary heart disease.
Pecans can aid in weight loss and maintenance. According to this study/research peacan consumption may increase metabolic rates and enhance satiety. When used in conjunction with a healthy low-fat
We sell pecan nuts in three forms, 1) nuts in-shell, 2) halves and 3) pieces.
Pecan halves are mainly used in the snack and baking market. After in-shell nuts are shelled in our processing facility, it is graded, sized and vacuum packed in 15kg bags.
|HALF SIZE SPECIFICATION|
|Shelled Halves||Count per kg|
|Mammoth Halves||550 and less|
|Jnr Mammoth Halves||551-660|
|Extra Large Halves||771-990|
Pecan pieces are used in the baking and confectionery market. The pieces are categorised according to size and then vacuum packed. The pecan halves and pieces are packed in carton boxes ready for exports.
|PIECES SIZE SPECIFICATION|
|P1||Thru 14.3mm over 12.7mm|
|P2||Thru 12.7mm over 9.5mm|
|P3||Thru 7.9mm over 6.4mm|
|P4||Thru 6.4mm over 4.8mm|
|P5||Thru 4.8mm over 3.2mm|
Nuts in-shell are also called farmers stock. The nuts are cleaned, graded and sized according to nut count per kg. Nuts can be mixed across cultivars so that the best count per kg are reached. The grading and sizing of the pecan nuts are based on United States standards for grades.
|IN-SHELL SIZE SPECIFICATION|
|In-shell size||Count per kg||Meat yield|
|OS||120 and less||54% and higher|
|XL||121-140||54% and higher|
|L||141-160||54% and higher|
|M||161-180||54% and higher|
|S||181 and more||54% and higher|