I have access to free pecans, all I care to harvest, but they are in a horse
pasture, and of course, there is manure scattered about under the trees.
Are these pecans safe to eat? The idea of eating pecans that have fallen
where the horses deposit their manure has me a bit concerned about health
issues. Does anyone have an opinion? TIA
Assuming you normally remove the shell before you eat the pecan, I don't see
what the problem would be. Gather up the pecans, discard those that have
been damaged (the errant horse hoof?), wash off the remaining and prepare as
usual for consumption. Those hard shells are there for a purpose - the
nutmeats should be fine.
pam - gardengal
:) wash off the remaining and prepare as
:) usual for consumption. Those hard shells are there for a purpose - the
:) nutmeats should be fine.
The only other question would be being in a pasture, if
the tree is native, are the pecans worth the effort to
and my answer to that is a resounding hell yes!!! Just because Gloria
lives in Alabama don't mean the pecans are unedible. There is a hard
outer shell, like Pam says, it's green, that protects the inner
pecan.... Gloria. It'll stain yer hands like black walnuts outer hulls
do <g> but in the long run, you'll have a butt load of free pecans!!
(I can taste the banana nut bread now....ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm) Even
better, buy a cheap box of yaller cake mix and over beat it with an
extra egg and use buttermilk instead of water or milk, and add two
cups of chopped pecans to the batter and put into a loaf pan. LORD
woman!!! heaven in a loaf! <GBSEG>
madgardener who has a pecan tree in town where she lives were it not
that this year was the light nut year for the tree would be down there
harvesting the nuts off the tree from the bed of the truck!
:) and my answer to that is a resounding hell yes!!! Just because Gloria
:) lives in Alabama don't mean the pecans are unedible. There is a hard
:) outer shell, like Pam says, it's green, that protects the inner
Only brought it up because I see quite often where peeps
get a chance at the mother load of nuts only to be
disappointed after a few hours realizing the work they
have in store leaving sacs of uncracked nuts left in the
garage for the meal moths and rodents.
The native (seedling) pecan is the very best there is. They are small so it
takes a lot more cracking and picking to get the meat out, but they are more
oily and full flavored. These are the nuts in the very best candies.
who has about 50# of shelled seedling pecans in the freezer
tomj firstname.lastname@example.org says...
:) The native (seedling) pecan is the very best there is. They are small so it
:) takes a lot more cracking and picking to get the meat out, but they are more
:) oily and full flavored. These are the nuts in the very best candies.
Oh no question they can be, especially in a wet year, nice and
surprisingly plump... just throwing that out there because sometimes
expectations just aren't met. All this pecan (pu-con) :) talk has me hoping
this drop in temperature will trigger the area trees into start dropping
The pecans are big, the meat is plump, very much worth the effort. I don't
know if they are native but I don't think so. I grew up in the middle of a
nine acre non-native pecan orchard. Trust me, there won't be enough pecans
left over for the varmints. In fact they'll be stored inside the house
where they'll be safe from varmints. I love to just crack 'em and eat 'em,
oh and put them in fudge and brownies, and make pecan pies, and buttered
parched pecans. And they're good in tuna or chicken salad, or sprinkled
over a tossed green salad. OK, I'm going pecan picking tomorrow and I'll
wash them off real good and let them dry and make sure I don't gather any
from the freshest piles. Thank you all for your input.
do a quick rinse in bleach if that is a comfort. Ingrid
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I just threw away my entire carrot crop. why? I had forgotten that I
had manured the garden. I also let the lettuce bolt, so it gets tall.
I then eat only the top leaves, which are far above the ground. Hope
My grandfather was a farmer and put a crop in every year until he died at
He always used manure on his food crops as did all the farmers in our area.
No one that I'm aware of had any health problems from eating any the
I am 74 years old and have been eating pecans that came from trees that are in
a cow pasture and a hog pasture all my life. Still do!! I don't eat the
shells and don't gather nuts with fresh manure attached. ;-)
who loves anything with pecans
I sympathized with your dilemma, and then realized that nuts fall
where there is poop of all sorts -- mostly squirrel around here. If
it's *noticable*, you might want to brush and then rinse, but I've
been picking up nuts from the ground and shelling and using with no
ill effects for years.
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