My wife and I have been blessed with four great children. While they each have their own unique personalities, our love for each of them is deeply the same. Our oldest daughter is, for the most part, quiet and reserved but, given the opportunity, loves to be on stage acting or dancing. Our nine year old son loves to talk, tell jokes, and has never met a stranger. Our seven year old loves animals and looks forward to the time anyone will play “puppy” with her. If you want to get our youngest son excited, tell him it is time to eat. They are amazingly unique, but despite all of their differences, each one is a big part of the Goodson family.
You may ask, “So why is this on a pecan website?” Simply put, pecans are a lot like my children. For the average person, a pecan tree is simply a pecan tree and each pecan that comes from the tree is the same as the next one. The truth is, there are hundreds of varieties of pecan trees, and each type has their own unique characteristics. It is true that they are all pecan trees, but they are also all different in many ways. Two examples of pecan trees that we manage, harvest, and sell can be seen in our Schley and Elliot varieties.
The Schley tree has a very distinct type of bark and the leaves on it are often very susceptible to an insect called a black aphid which infects the leaves causing them to fall off. If you have ever heard someone refer to “papershell” pecans they are typically referring to Schleys because of their thin shells. As the green shucks start to open we often have problems with crows trying to steal these pecans because they are so easy to carry and open. As far as appearance goes, the Schley nuts look more like a traditional, golden pecan. They have an all around great nutty flavor.
A slightly curved leaf often helps to give away the Elliot tree, but the even greater giveaway is the nut size. Elliots are small round nuts with a hard shell. If it wasn't for the fact that these nuts are so tasty, they might be better left for the squirrels. Even though the nuts are small they have a very high oil content. It is the higher oil content that gives them their exceptional flavor. Even though these little guys are small, they are the most requested nut by our customers.
So the next time you bite into a pecan, remember, that while each little nut is a big part of the pecan family, they also can have some amazing differences that make them stand out. And just in case you are wondering, when you are ordering halves from us, you have the option to specify which type of pecan you would like.