The annual Bell/Williamson County Pecan Show was held Thursday at the Bell County Extension Office. Sixty-one entries from 22 varieties were submitted from homeowners and commercial growers across the region. Pecan growers in Bell County typically harvest 2,000 to 3,000 acres annually, most of which are native trees.
The pecan entries consisted of 40 nuts, of which 10 were weighed, cracked and shelled; then the kernel was weighed separately. Calculations are made on the percent kernel and the number of nuts per pound. The percent kernel is an indicator of quality. Typically, the higher the percent, the more filled out the nut will be and more appealing in appearance. Uniformity of the sample and lack of damage to the kernel from insects also are indicators of quality.
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