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Old 07-29-2014, 11:05 AM   #1
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One thing about pecan trees..they are always dropping something.. twigs, tassels, leaves and the occasional huge branch.
At 6:30 this morning, heard a crack and a woosh. Neighbor's tree lost a huge limb. Missed his house by about 2 feet. We have 5 pecan trees and loose the occasional big limb..have only lost 1 limb this big in 24 years here in central Texas. Spring rains have all the trees loaded with leaves and pecans. Ours are native and only produce every other year. Two years ago we weighed out 80 pounds of shelled, cleaned pecans. Friends and family stocked up their freezers with enough to last a couple years. Love pecans over vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup... not too keen on pecan pie, but most folks love it. And they aren't pronounced pee-cans here in the south...
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I love those paper-skin Texas Pecans. Nothing like them. My ex has an uncle out in Big Spring, we always tried to visit and "accept" his generous pecan gift. I just liked to crack them and eat them. Another guy I knew in the Valley running SE from El Paso grew them on irrigated ground.

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Parking your car under a Pecan tree here in the Sacramento Valley will leave it dappled in sticky 'honey dew' dropped from aphid infestations.
I love Pecan pie, but don't eat it due to the high sugar load.
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Another + for pecan trees is that in the south we use the wood for smoking brisket and other meat. It produces a mild smoke taste and perfect smoke ring. I smoked 5 tri-tips Sunday that turned out awesome.
We used to use pecan to smoke chickens but DW prefers them spatchcocked on the Big Green Egg. They always turn out great since I rely on a Maverick probe and cook to temp, not time.
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Not a pecan tree, but a month ago during storms, this oak tree split and fell on his neighbors truck about 2 blocks away...
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And they aren't pronounced pee-cans here in the south...
That's how Paula Deen says it...
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That's how Paula Deen says it...
there's always one Maybe I should have limited that to Texas
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I suppose Paula thinks pea nuts and pe cans are kin...
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I heard there was a pecan shortage and the price per pound has gone up considerably. Any truth to that?
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I heard there was a pecan shortage and the price per pound has gone up considerably. Any truth to that?
Yes, prices are up considerably thanks to recent drought conditions in pecan producing areas combined with a substantial increase in demand from China.

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I suppose Paula thinks pea nuts and pe cans are kin...
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Years ago I inspected lumber. The Deputy Chief Inspector of the National Hardwood Lumber Association(NHLA defines the rules, and is responsible for resolution of $ disputes on bulk sales of lumber) was our instructor. He made sure we knew what a peecan and pecan were. It's not just in Texas.
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Pope Field, the Army air base next to Fort Bragg, NC, has loads of pecan trees all over. Back when it was Pope AFB, I was at a higher headquarters and we always seemed to have some sort of inspection or "staff assistance" visit scheduled there just about the time the nuts were falling from the trees.

I used to walk around in my free time and fill bags full of them to take back with me after the trip. Most of my fellow headquarters types did the same. Loved those pecans!
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I am not a fan of pecan trees.

Back in 1997, a very large pecan tree in the back yard of my rental house in Baton Rouge was blown down by a storm. It fell across the roof, and was big enough that the branches completely blocked the front door as well as the back door. I couldn't get out of the house!

Of course I called the landlord, who said somebody would be out there in a week to take care of it after the insurance adjuster had recorded the situation. It was suggested that I call the police department if I needed help to get out of the house.

Instead I got out my tools, and slowly and laboriously sawed and cut a narrow tunnel through the branches through which I managed to first see daylight and then finally escape. I got to work a little late that day.

Because of that experience, I will never have a pecan tree anywhere in my yard. There is a humorous side to my story, but still, I don't ever want to go through that again.
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Because of that experience, I will never have a pecan tree anywhere in my yard. There is a humorous side to my story, but still, I don't ever want to go through that again.
Apparently you did not have the correct Feng Shui: In Feng Shui, How Do You Get Around a Tree Blocking a Front Door? | Home Guides | SF Gate
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We bought a house in Houston in 2003. As if it weren't bad enough that our first year there endured the 17-year cyclical cicada invasion, the next year had a horrible webworm problem that affected almost every pecan tree in the subdivision. And pretty much every house in that subdivision had at least 2 or 3 pecan trees.
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I grew up in S. Georgia and we pronounced it Pah Khans.

Of course we also said Vye anna instead of Vienna.

F me I want some grits now.
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New Orleans pronunciation of "pecan" is a little different from that in some parts of the South. One of the interesting colloquialisms down here is saying that someone is a "gone pecan":

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Gone Pecan
According to the
Double-Tongued Dictionary which specializes in an

ever expanding lexicon of slang words and phrases in the English
language, “gone pecan” is: “a person who is doomed, defeated, or
beyond rescue; a goner.” Could be a doomed object, as well, like the
last praline up for grabs. The information in this dictionary is
compiled, written and edited by lexicographer Grant Barrett, who is
also co-host of the nationally aired public radio program
A Way With

Words
. He is also editor of McGraw-Hill’s Official Dictionary of

Unofficial English
.

Since “gone” and “pecan” are made to rhyme in this expression,
Barrett added an editorial note on the pronuncition: “
pecan is

pronounced to rhyme with
gone, so it’s something like ‘puh-KAHN’

rather than ‘PEE-kann.’ This expression is particularly common in
Louisiana.” So much so that acclaimed Louisiana blues guitarist Sonny
Landreth (born in Canton, Mississippi, but resides in Breaux Bridge)
has recorded a song entitled “Gone Pecan”.
I mention this because a national survey conducted in 2003 revealed
that the “PEE-kann” pronunciation was the overwhelming choice
among Americans over “puh-KAHN” or “pa-KAWN”. People in New
Orleans and Louisiana (myself included) continue to buck the national
trend and go with the latter two utterances.


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I think "pa-KAWN" (rhyming with "gone") is the most common pronunciation here, and that is how I say it now that I live here.


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...He made sure we knew what a peecan and pecan were. It's not just in Texas.
We have peecans here in Pennsylvania too but we call them outhouses.
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Pecan trees

We say "pee-kahn".
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When I first moved to an Almond growing region, I was quickly enlightened to the local, and dictionary correct pronunciation with a silent 'l' - amend, or ah'mond.
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