Pecans are scientifically known as carya illinoinensis and they are a classification of trees, which falls under the hickory category. These trees are native to many places, including that of Mexico and various other regions found in the United States. The name itself originates from an ancient Algonquian word, which roughly translates into all kinds of hickory peanuts and walnuts. Its tree itself can grow up to twenty to forty meters in its full adult height.
Due to this, the nuts that can be harvested from full grown trees can be used in numerous applications. It can be used to prepare meals because it may be used to supply the ingredients of a particular dish or cuisine. In line with that, this article will be relaying a simple guideline to harvesting during pecan season Georgia.
Before anything else, the first step to do is to observe the trees closely. One should look out for signs that it is ready to be harvested or the nuts are about to fall down. In Georgia, this usually happens sometime during the earlier weeks of September to the last days of November. However, this will also depend upon a number of factors, including the weather and climate at the time.
Another consideration to make is if the trees are showing other symptoms of nut crops, which must be assessed by both its caliber and quantity. During the later weeks of summer, these plants often reach their full adult size, including their branches and hunks. Keep in mind that its husks take up around twenty five to thirty percent of its overall size, which means that while it may appear large with the husk around, it can be potentially smaller once the husk starts falling off during the later weeks that follows.
Once these husks begin splitting however, it is a telling sign that you have to clean the area beneath it. This includes removing any trash or debris that may be surrounding it. Furthermore, leveling is also required if the ground is not evened out already, because it could influence its growth and development. Weeds and dead fallen leaves must be removed to clear out a path for when the time comes.
Furthermore, some harvesters will also resort to mowing or cutting the grass around the area. This helps in cleaning out the area effectively and making the path clearer. If one decides to use their lawn mower, remember to continue doing so for approximately ten to fifteen feet from the where the tree is located. Experts claim this is the best size to maintain for this purpose.
After a few days, the pecans will begin dropping down. If any animals or other wildlife creatures are around the property, they may start removing them, so make sure you act quickly. This includes squirrels or even crows, which are animals that are known to be particularly fond of this item. Pile them into a harvesting basket to keep them safe while you collect everything on the ground.
Alternately, there is also the option of installing a repurposed hammock or other similar netting around the area. This way, all the pecans will fall into the cloth and you no longer have to manually pick up each one. You will simply have to shake down or remove the excess and then remove the cloth to collect everything.
Upon harvesting or collecting everything, set is on an even and safe surface. Make sure to remove those that are already damaged or deformed in any way, since these are not safe for consumption or usage. Other tell tale signs include a different shell shape, an uneven or weird coloration, and even the way it weighs. This way, you ensure only the best and top quality ones are collected during the entire process.