By Bess Weyandt

Why Georgia pecans are the best pecans

A certain large state west of the Mississippi might fight us for it, but it's true that Georgia is where pecans reign supreme. With our lush orchards and fertile soil, we’ve got the rich history and ideal climate to grow America’s favorite nut, and bring you your favorite nutmilk.

Rooted in History

The story of Georgia pecans is as rich and storied as the land itself. Native American tribes, including the Creek and Cherokee, were the first to cultivate and appreciate the pecan tree's bounty centuries ago. They recognized not only the nutritional value of the pecan but also its cultural significance. The pecan became a symbol of prosperity and unity, shared during communal gatherings and celebrations.

Fast forward to the 18th and 19th centuries, and Georgia's pecan industry began to flourish. Planters recognized the potential of the state's fertile soil and warm climate for pecan cultivation. Orchards sprung up across the region, with farmers perfecting growing techniques passed down through generations. Today, Georgia stands as the leading pecan-producing state in the nation.

Georgia unshelled pecans

To learn more about the commercial history of Georgia pecans, check out this New Georgia Encyclopedia article.  

Ideal Climate

One of the key factors contributing to Georgia's status as a pecan paradise is its ideal climate. Pecan trees thrive in regions with long, hot summers and mild winters, precisely the conditions found in our home state. The ample sunshine and consistent rainfall provide the perfect environment for pecan trees to flourish, producing nuts that are plump, flavorful, and packed with nutrients. And our diverse geography offers a range of microclimates suited to different pecan varieties. We’ve got a few in Georgia, and we use several, from the buttery sweetness of Stuart pecans to the robust flavor of Desirable.

Unparalleled Quality

When it comes to quality, Georgia pecans are in a league of their own. It's not just about the taste, although Georgia pecans are celebrated for their rich, buttery flavor and satisfying crunch. It's also about the attention to detail and commitment to excellence ingrained in every step of the cultivation process.

Georgia pecan growers are passionate about their craft, employing sustainable farming practices and innovative techniques to ensure the highest quality nuts year after year. Georgia pecans undergo rigorous quality control measures, from the orchard to the processing facility, to ensure that only the finest nuts make it to market, and into our milk and your bellies.

Georgia pecan grove



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