Looking for a new, nutritious product to boost your bottom line? Now is the right time for great-tasting pecans, loaded with antioxidants and always gluten-free.
Food manufacturers can depend on a reliable, cost-competitive supply of pecans, sourced from American producers across the United States. Nearly 30 varieties of pecans are grown in America, and Georgia leads the way as the nation’s top producer, growing an estimated 100 million pounds of pecans annually.
Delicious right out of the shell, Georgia pecans can be smoked, toasted or roasted, but more and more companies are thinking beyond pecans as nibbles. Pecan pieces, meal, oil and butter can be used as ingredients in baked goods, confections, coatings and sweet and savory snacks.
Georgia pecans truly are one of the most versatile ingredients on the market today, adding premium flavor and texture to food products.
Next spring, the University of Georgia will be releasing their newest pecan variety, Avalon. UGA horticultural scientist, Patrick Conner, says it has shown good resistance against scab disease so far. “That combination of big size, high quality, and high levels of scab resistance is fairly unique,” Conner said. “Most highly resistant cultivars are either small…