It takes more than one for a crop

Pecan trees require cross pollination, so be sure to plant at least two different varieties.

Driving around North Florida and South Georgia I love looking at pecan groves. The shade they provide in the summer always looks so inviting. Even in the fall when they lose their leaves the orchards are still beautiful as they invite autumn and the holidays to be celebrated under their limbs.

Do not get me started on how much I love pecans. I believe no matter how wonderful any food is it becomes even better with the addition of pecans.

Think about how good a grouper filet is and then think about how it is even more delicious as pecan crusted grouper. Or, how about chocolate chip cookies upgraded to pecan chocolate chip cookies. And then there are sweet potatoes and pecan streusel topped sweet potatoes. You can tell I have given this some thought.

The addition of pecans can enhance many dishes.

As wonderful as pecan trees are, not everyone can or should plant them in their yards. The pecan tree (Carya illinoinensis) is a deciduous tree native to the Mississippi flood plain and it belongs in the same family as English walnut, black walnut, and hickory. Pecan trees like long, hot summers and moderately cool winters along with deep, fertile, well-drained soils. North Florida is a good environment to grow pecans. However, if you plan to plant trees you will need a lot of land.

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