Frequently Asked Questions, Estate Grown Pecans
In which markets does Stahmanns sell pecans?
We serve the wholesale, industrial and commercial markets for pecans. This means that we sell to organizations that buy bulk pecans for use in making food products and in packaging pecans for resale. We ship to customers around the World.
What are Estate Grown pecans?
Stahmanns, Inc. sells estate-grown wholesale pecans, meaning that all of the pecans are grown and shelled on our 3200 acre farm in the fertile Mesilla Valley of Southern New Mexico, along the Rio Grande River. We do not outsource any part of the process: we control growing, harvesting, shelling, packaging and shipping.
In what city in New Mexico are you located?
Stahmanns Pecans is located in La Mesa, NM, which is near Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX.
How long have you been growing pecans?
Stahmanns has been a pecan grower in this part of New Mexico since 1932.
What is your growing season for pecans?
Our harvest season usually begins in October and continues through December. The actual start and end times depend on the growing conditions we have had during the previous spring and summer, and harvest sometimes continues into the next year. For the rest of the year, we are tending our trees with pruning, disease and insect control, to ensure a good harvest for the following year.
Do you have to irrigate your pecan trees?
Yes, in addition to rainwater, we irrigate our trees through a series of canals the run from the Rio Grande.
Since you have a single harvest season, how do you provide pecans for the remainder of the year?
During and after the harvest, we package pecans in sealed containers in cold storage throughout the year for shipment to our customers. Pecans have an excellent shelf life when kept sealed in cold storage.
Are Stahmanns pecans Kosher?
Yes, Stahmanns pecans are KOSHER certified by Star-K. Our other third party certifications include registration by Silliker Global Certification services, SQF Code Edition 7.1.
How do you grade your pecans?
Our pecans are offered in 5 grades: Fancy 12 Halves, Fancy Extra Large Pieces, Fancy Large Pieces, Choice Halves, and Choice Pieces.
What specific pecan varieties do you grow?
The pecan varieties that we grow are Western Schley, Wichita, and Bradley.
Is New Mexico a major producer of pecans?
Yes. New Mexico is second only to Georgia in the number of pounds of pecans produced annually.
How do I contact you about your wholesale pecans?
How long do pecans stay fresh?
Generally speaking, pecans are good at room temperature for about 20 days. Refrigerating them in an airtight container can extend that to about 9 to 10 months. But they can also be frozen in an airtight container and they will last between 18 months and 2 years.
Which is better for you, raw or roasted pecans?
In general, it is probably a good idea to roast them before eating them to make sure that it kills off bacteria such as salmonella–even though according to the FDA these contaminations are rare in pecans. But for more details about the pros and cons, check out our blog post: Which is Better for You Raw or Roasted Pecans?
Why are pecans so expensive?
Pecans are expensive to produce. Pecan trees take a lot of time and care to produce pecans. The quantity and quality of each year’s harvest is subject to a lot of factors such as weather, pests such as pecan weevils and stinkbugs, diseases such as Pecan Scab Disease that are difficult and expensive to mitigate. Other factors that impact the price is consumer demand. Increased demand in Asia and other areas have driven the price of pecans up somewhat as well.
What are the health benefits of pecans?
There are many studies about the numerous health benefits of pecans. For example, pecans lower cholesterol, are a rich source of fiber, help reduce blood pressure, reduce risk for stroke and serve as an anti-inflammatory (because of the Magnesium in pecans) and many more. Our blog contains multiple posts about the health benefit of pecans, check them out.
What is the difference between Fancy and Choice pecans?
These are two classifications established by NPSA’s Voluntary Guidelines for Purchasing Inshell Pecans that determine the quality of the pecan based on the consistency and color of the pecan. The fancy designation identifies pecans that should be used in specialty foods such as gourmet meals and deserts or anywhere where visual appeal is important–in magazines and brochures for example. Choice pecans are still high quality, but are subject to less stringent guidelines. For more details, check out our blog post: What’s the difference between Fancy and Choice Pecans?
Pecans seem to be very popular lately. What’s going on?
A new association, the American Pecan Council was formed in 2016 in response to a Federal Marketing Order to improve build demand for and better market pecans internationally. They have created a website, and begun marketing pecans. The markets in Asia, particularly in China, have grown quite a bit in recent years, creating some increased demand.
What type of pecan trees do you have at Stahmanns Pecans?
Most of the pecan trees at Stahmanns are Wichita pecan trees. Wichita pecan trees grow fast and produce pecans quickly when compared to other varieties of pecan tree. They also are more disease resistant and (most importantly) self-pollenating.
You can also call one of our Pecan Sales Experts at 575-526-2453, ext. 108. We look forward to partnering with you to find the right pecan type, size, and amount for your application.