This month of December is flying by! We are enjoying the holiday rush, and the orders keep coming in…we know there will be lots of happy folks out there receiving Hudson Pecans for Christmas! Don’t forget that THIS FRIDAY – DECEMBER 16th – is the LAST day to order for guaranteed Christmas delivery. So what are you waiting for?? Visit our shop right now and finish checking off your list today! We have delicious pecans, all sorts of delectable candies, varied gift boxes and baskets – something for everyone! Get to shopping…Christmas is coming!
There are very few dishes that represent Southern tradition more perfectly than a slice of pecan pie, with its dark custard filling and crunchy, nutty topping. Add to that, Spiced Pecans, Cinnamon Pecans, Chocolate Covered Pecans…and the list goes on and on.
Sweet and buttery, the pecans that figure so prominently in many traditional Southern holiday recipes. They’re native to the Deep South, where the long, warm growing season provides the perfect growing climate. And they’re the third-most-popular nut in the U.S. behind peanuts and almonds, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.
Here at Hudson Pecans, we love our pecans and are so proud of our carefully nurtured product that we can’t wait to get them to you this holiday season. Check out our recipe page for new ways to serve the South’s favorite nut…and there will be more to come! Shop now on our website…we have gift boxes, pecans for baking, candies – we have it all. Here’s to pecan season and another wonderful holiday season in the South!
Some people may think work in the pecan orchard is over once the harvest is complete, when in fact that is when work begins for the next season’s harvest. Like any great product it’s the work behind the scenes that results in something really special. And, growing pecans is not any different. Part of that work can include thinning the orchard of unhealthy or damaged trees to give healthy trees enough space for roots and limbs. The Hudson Pecan team, braving some of the south’s coldest temperatures in years, is busy this week marking and thinning trees in their 100-year-old Stuart pecan orchard.
[This article first appeared in the USDA blog titled: Teaching the World to Eat Pecans and was posted by Kent Politsch, Chief, FSA Public Affairs, on December 18, 2013 ]
Do they like pecan pie in Turkey? They will soon if Randy Hudson has anything to say about it.
Hudson, his wife Mary Jo and their family operate Hudson Pecan Company in Ocilla, Ga. Currently, they have their hopes focused on Turkey as a potential new market. This past June, Scott Hudson, Randy’s son and company vice president, traveled with USDA’s Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services, Michael Scuse, on a trade mission to Turkey. Their goal was to introduce the pecan to prospective buyers.
The June trade mission was part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative to double exports by 2014. Agriculture exports have remained on record-breaking pace since 2009. The 2012 ag exports reached $135.8 billion, nearly tripling the values from 1999 ($48 billion).
Scott Hudson returned to Turkey in October with fellow Georgia grower Will Easterlin. They met with representatives of two of the largest nut processors.
“We spent five more days; made some contacts,” Hudson said. “They’re extremely interested.”
Hudson shipped 2,000 pounds of pecans to Turkey in November, a relatively small amount, but he’s hopeful it will lead to further sales. “We know there’s a market there.”
Randy Hudson’s great grandfather dug up a few naturally growing pecan trees and organized them into rows so he could manage his harvest in the late 1800s. Native Americans introduced the nut to settlers – pecan was named by the Algonquin Tribe and means “nut that needs a stone to crack.”
Randy Hudson inherited a 20-acre pecan orchard and turned it into a business in 1981. He said those 20 acres gave his two sisters and him an opportunity to attend college, so he has an emotional tie to the land and business.
His father was a county extension agent. Randy followed in his father’s footsteps and parlayed an undergraduate soil science degree into a Ph.D. Then he parlayed the 20 acres into 1,500 and became president of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association.
He had education and tradition, but what he didn’t have was an expandable market for pecans. Dr. Hudson said they weren’t making that much money until he took a chance and began to export his crop. Everything changed in the 1990s when the family introduced the pecan to new consumers in China. Hudson Pecan Company was soon generating revenue of $20 million annually selling their own pecans and marketing for others.
Turkey is now where China was in the ‘90s, according to Hudson’s Chief Operations Officer Phil Croft. Randy Hudson concurred, saying growers from South Carolina to California produce 300 million pounds of pecans each year but they began enjoying profitable margins only after the Chinese and other international buyers started eating pecans. International markets “made our company what it is today,” Dr. Hudson added gleefully.
He credits USDA with opening the door. With tight margins for domestic sales, there wasn’t much money for research and expansion until USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service introduced the Market Access Program that included funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation to help U.S. producers, exporters, private companies and other trade organizations finance promotional activities for agricultural products.
Dr. Hudson also credits the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service with providing conservation plans and practices that prevent erosion around their orchards, making them good stewards and keeping their trees healthy. Programs also enable them to manage pests that threaten their trees and crops.
With support and encouragement from USDA, Hudson and other pecan growers are now concentrating on the Turkish diet. They’re shaking one hand at a time and introducing the pecan with every handshake, glad for the opportunity extended by USDA.
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Check out this article regarding a recent study about the health benefits of eating nuts, including our favorite tree nut, pecans!
Nuts for you: New study finds eating nuts regularly seems to extend life span.
By: Linda Searing, Published: November 21
The Question: Numerous studies have found that some foods seem to increase logevity for people who eat them regularly. Might nuts also have this effect?
This Study analyzed data on 118 men and women who had never had cancer, heart disease or stroke. Over a span of nearly 30 years, 27,429 of them died. Those who ate a one-ounce serving of nuts – roughly a small handful – seven or more times per week were 20 percent less likely to have dies for any reason than those who never ate nuts. Even those who ate nuts less than once a week had a 7 percent reduction in risk. Consuming nuts at least five times per week corresponded to a 29 percent drop in mortality risk for heart disease, a 24 percent decline for respiratory disease and an 11 percent drop for cancer.
Who May Be Affected? Adults. The health benefits of nuts have been attributed to their nutritional makeup, which is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and more. Nuts have been found in some studies to be helpful in preventing heart disease and diabetes.
Caveats: Data on nut consumption came from the participants’ responses on questionnaires every two – four years. All types of nuts were included – peanuts as well as tree nuts; however, the data did not include how the nuts were prepared (salted, roasted or raw, for example) and the findings did not differentiate by type of nut. The study was funded in part by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation.
Find this study: Nov. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine
Learn more about the heart healthy benefits of nut consumption at www.mayoclinic.com (search “nuts” Learn about healthy eating in general at www.choosemyplate.gov.
The research described in Quick Study comes from credible, peer-reviewed journals. Nonetheless, conclusive evidence about a treatment’s effectiveness is rarely found in a single study. Anyone considering changing or beginning treatment of any kind should consult with a physician.
Our own Randy Hudson, a fourth generation pecan farmer with Hudson Pecan and current vice-president of the National Pecan Grower’s Council, spoke with NPR’s “All Things Considered” recently about pecans, this years’ crop and of course… the many variations of how people pronounce the word “pecan.” Any way you say it, everyone knows you’re referring to the southern nut that is delicious straight of the shell, roasted, or added to your favorite dish – savory or sweet. Listen in to Randy’s conversation with NPR here.