The State of Pecan Pie in Texas: It Ain't That Good

Categories: Chewing the Fat

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Texas Pecan trees have taken a punch. The USDA predicts our state's trees will collectively produce 40 millions pounds of pecans this year, which is 30 million pounds less than the 2010 crop.

The Sunnyvale Pecan orchard east of Dallas is closed for the season. And today I spoke with Red Graham at the Dallas Farmer's Market, who told me: "Some growers were able to produce some, those that irrigated and have trees near rivers. But otherwise, it's hard to find a Texas pecan."

Fear not, though. That's why we joined the union. Most distributors are bringing them in from other states across the southwest. Of course, when things are harder to find, they usually cost more.

"Last year pecans were about $10 a pound," said Graham. "This year they're closer to $14 and $15 a pound, but that isn't really slowing any one down from buying them."

The heart of the issue is pie. Will we be able to make or buy pecan pie? Yes. Will it always be a Texas pecan pie? Maybe not. But Executive Chef Jim Dunleavy of Eatzie's told me they will have "literally tons of pecan pie."

Odie Dollins runs Durham Ellis Pecan, a sheller and processor in Comanche, Texas. In speaking about the shortage of pecans, he told me that another factor in the market is China. Word got out that the nutritional benefits of pecans exceed those of almonds and walnuts (another reason for more pie), and for the past five years China has been importing millions of pounds. According to the Texas Pecan Growers Association, between 80 and 100 million pounds of U.S. pecans were shipped to China in 2009, which was 25 percent of the entire U.S. and Mexico pecan production.

So: Drought or China, Texas pecans are harder to find and will cost a bit more, but again, we reiterate. There will be pie.

There will be pie.


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8 comments
Robert
Robert

Goode Co. in Houston makes a tasty pecan pie if you don't bake your own. 

those that irrigated and have trees near rivers

All the pecan orchards that I've seen in Texas are in river bottom land.

Brian
Brian

Pecan Pie is often too sweet and too dry. Most of the time it is hard and just boring. Give me a good cherry or apple and we're good. pecan is just gross.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I'm not a sweets guy; not at all!  But I need pecan pie during the holidays.  Scoop of Blue Bell vanilla on top-mmmmmmm.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Walk out of here while you still can, Brian.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I agree with Titus, if'n someone has had Pecan pie that was too dry..you've been eating the wrong pie..Brutha.  Too sweet? Is there such a thing?  Methinks No!  Hard and Boring?  Stay over there in Big D son, cause you wouldn't know Good, if'n Good walked up and challenged you to a duel.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

No, TG, he made valid points......we have nothing against straight shooting logic.

Brian
Brian

weirdly enough the best and only pecan pie i can eat is a natural sugar (maple syrup and honey) chocolate pie my friend makes. it is real good with cinnamon ice cream

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