Show Off Your Pecans! - February 3, 2010
Jeff Schalau, Associate Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County
The Camp Verde Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival will be on February 12, 13, and 14. Camp Verde has a rich agricultural heritage and the Verde Valley has become a noted wine producing region within Arizona. Come to the Festival and enjoy locally grown pecans, Arizona wines from the Verde Valley and beyond, outstanding antique vendors, homemade pecan pies and baked goods, as well as lots of live entertainment. The Pecan and Wine Festival also features a pecan contest. I encourage any and all backyard pecan growers to submit their pecans for judging. Below are guidelines on how to select a pecan sample for the contest.
At a pecan show, a sample of 40 nuts taken from a single tree is judged based on: (1) size, (2) percent kernel (the percent of kernel in proportion to the whole nut), (3) kernel color, (4) in-shell appearance, (5) uniformity (size and shape), (6) number of whole kernel halves after shelling, and (7) degree of damage. The first three of all the characteristics listed above are the most important and are used by the judges in determining winners in each class in most cases. Characteristics four through seven are used when large numbers of samples are being judged.
The following suggestions should aid you in collecting and selecting the best pecans for a show once they become mature.
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