Frequently Asked Questions

Pecan nuts stand out for their unique flavour profile, which is sweet and buttery, and their versatility in culinary applications.

South African pecans stand out due to their unique growing conditions, which include a favourable climate and soil composition. These conditions contribute to the distinct flavour profile and quality of South African pecans.

Additionally, South African pecans are often renowned for their larger size and plump kernels. Furthermore, the rigorous quality standards and sustainable farming practices employed by South African producers ensure that consumers receive premium-grade pecans that meet international standards.

Pecan nuts are grown on trees and harvested by shaking the tree or using mechanical tree shakers. The nuts are then collected from the ground and processed for consumption.

Many South African pecan nut producers implement sustainable farming practices to conserve water, reduce waste, and protect the environment.

Pecan nuts have a rich history in indigenous cultures and are often associated with traditional American cuisine, particularly in the southern United States.

Pecan nuts offer health benefits such as being rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and essential nutrients like magnesium and vitamin E, which can improve heart health and aid in weight management.

Yes, pecans can be eaten raw, and some people prefer them that way for their natural flavour and nutritional benefits.

Pecan nuts can be used in salads, desserts (such as pies, cookies, and cakes), granolas, trail mixes, and as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt.

Pecan nuts can be used in a variety of recipes, including salads, desserts, baked goods, and savoury dishes. They add a rich, buttery flavour and crunchy texture to dishes.

Pecan nuts should be stored in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight container, to maintain freshness and prevent them from becoming rancid.

High-quality pecan nuts can be purchased from SA Pecans

Yes, there are different varieties of pecan nuts, each with its own distinct flavour and size characteristics.

Popular cultivars from South Africa include


Choctaw, Barton, Mohawk


Wichita, Western, Navo, Pawnee

SA Pecans only sell nuts in shell (NIS)

“Sound kernel content / Sound Kernel Rate” refers to the percentage of whole, undamaged pecan kernels in a batch. In the context of pecans, it indicates the proportion of nuts that are intact and free from any defects or damage. A higher sound kernel content signifies better quality pecans with fewer broken or damaged kernels.

 At SA pecans we sell product with a SKR  >56% and also if requested product with a SKR from 50% – 56%


Pecan nuts tend to be more expensive than other nuts due to several factors. Firstly, pecan trees take longer to mature and produce nuts compared to other nut-bearing trees, leading to lower overall yields and increased production costs. Additionally, pecans require specific climate conditions and careful cultivation, contributing to higher production expenses.

Furthermore, the demand for pecans often outweighs the supply, especially for high-quality, premium varieties, further driving up prices in the market.


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