In Georgia, pecans are harvested during October and November, but are available throughout the year. It's easy to experience the intense flavors of Georgia when you buy our nuts online. No matter how you prefer to eat our authentic, fresh Georgia nuts, we have tasty pecans you're sure to love. We have created our own coatings, such as cinnamon and milk chocolate, to give it more flavor.
We've also prepared some southern-inspired nut recipes that you can try yourself. Capable of producing edible nuts for more than 300 years each, pecans were planted in southwest Georgia in the early 20th century. Today, most of the production is focused on Albany and Dougherty County, known as the “Pecana Capital of the World”. There are 500 varieties of pecans, but only three are common in the United States today.
Pecans are the only pecan trees native to the United States. According to the Georgia Pecan Commission, one acre of farmed pecans can produce 1,000 pounds of pecans per year. Valued for their buttery flavor, pecans also contain a lot of nutrients. A review of research on pecans and other nuts, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (September 2000), suggests that nuts, such as pecans, can help you lose and maintain weight.
Pecans are also a natural source of high-quality protein that contains very few carbohydrates and no cholesterol. Merritt Pecan Company offers pecans in shell, shelled halves and chunks, candied, roasted and salted pecans, as well as many other pecan items. In particular, Albany, Georgia, is known as the walnut capital of the world because of the number of walnut trees (more than 600,000). The best raw pecans are found when all parts of the process, from harvest to shipment, are done on site, where everything is managed from top to bottom.
With more than 144,000 acres, Georgia ranks first in the country for pecans, producing more than any other state for 17 consecutive years. Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of high-quality Southern Pecan products to represent the freshness and flavor that Georgia is known for. If you haven't compared a fresh Georgia nut to a store-bought pecan, you'll be surprised at the difference in flavor, weight, and nutrition.