Many individuals always assume that pecans are a southern nut. This is probably because of all, Georgia develops a large amount of Pecans, and second because pecan pie is such a distinctly southern dessert. Not many holidays go by without at least a pecan dish of some sort gracing the table. Most learn that pecan trees are a tough shrub that may grow in over half of the USA and as far north as southern Canada.
It wasn’t until recently, though, that pecan trees had been discovered deep in the wilds of places like Wisconsin and Illinois. This is heartening because it means that if the rugged pecan tree can withstand the weather changes of those states then it’s likely it can be adapted to grow in even colder climates.
There are actually over 500 species of pecans in existence so it’s not terribly surprising that some species of this tree would have the ability to withstand cruel northern winters. In actuality, the tree itself can produce nuts for well over 100 years. The only difference between the varieties of pecans is the shape and a small flavor difference. This is to be expected given different soil compositions, sun and heat availability, and access to a water source.
But if you are going to attempt to grow your own pecan tree, it’s important to purchase the right one. Because there are over 500 species, picking the tree that’s best for your particular climate can be a challenge and is definitely a game of patience. For instance, the”Desirable” pecan tree species is native to Mississippi so it will flourish and produce best in warm, humid climates such as that of Georgia or Florida. However, the”Wichita” variety grows best in western and central Texas because it thrives best in humid environments. But be ready to wait. The most precocious of pecan trees, the ones that bear nuts of the fastest, still take about five years.
The fact that the pecan tree originated in Texas makes it easy to believe that this is a sturdy tree given the climate variety of the Lone Star State. Recent discoveries of the tree in harsh, cold surroundings lead one to believe that what’s understood about the pecan tree is only getting started. All of this is fantastic news because it means that no matter where you spend your time eating at the table (especially during the holidays, that is the time of year when pecans sell the best), you will be able to have a delicious, locally grown, pecan pie.