Natural Nutrition In A Nutshell


Not anymore

Well the folks in Seguin, Texas certainly have the largest egos.  They couldn't stand not having the largest Pecan, but it took them a while to figure it out.  They didn't find out about the Brunswick Pecan until after 2002. 

In 2007 they had a fundraiser to construct a larger pecan and it was unveiled on the Fourth of July, 2011 to reclaim its title as the site of the world's largest pecan, showcasing a 2,300-pound nut measuring 16 feet long and 8 feet wide at its downtown parade.

Brunswick's pecan still has them beat by weight at 12,000 lbs.

Option 1. Do you know of someone that BBQs or smokes their foods? Pecans are a member of the Hickory family!  These nut shells can also be used for smoke flavoring when cooking outdoors, on a grill or smoker. Add them to your fire and they will smoke well. They give the meat a sweet flavor. Some things you may want to try cooking in this manner are chicken and pork. Soak those shells in water and drain the water off and add the shells to the coals and it will add a mild flavor.  If it quits smoking then add some more.

Option 2. Pecan shells can be used as mulch. They can be crushed more or used as is.  This mulch may be slightly acidic, so they are especially good for use around azaleas and blueberry bushes. There isn't much nutrient value in the shells, only just over 1% nitrogen. But, the mulch will provide a good moisture retention layer for your beds. Plus it is a good source of organic matter. If you have a problem with slugs, it will help detour them since they won't like crawling over the rough edges. 

Option 3. Pecan shells burn easily, which makes them ideal to use as kindling. When starting a fire with pecans, you do not need to break or grind them up first. You can simply lay them underneath smaller pieces of wood or wrap them in newspaper or a cardboard roll. If you use a cardboard tube, you can add torn paper on one end, add the shells and stuff paper on the other end to close it up or simply fold it in.  Light the paper to get it started. This method is useful both indoors and out, so it can be tried in a portable fire pit, fire place or in a wood stove.  Pack a few and take with you when you go on a camping trip.

Option 4. Do you exfoliate? Put them in a coffee grinder or food processor and you can add them to hand soap or melt down a bar of soap and add it to the soap to help scrub off dirt and grime. You can also add it to a sugar body scrub as well to slough dead cells off. Just make sure that it is chopped pretty well so you don’t get cut. You want it to be coarse not jagged.

Option 5. Pecan Shell can be ground up and used as an abrasive blasting media to strip paint, clear off rust and clean sheet metal, engines, and transmissions quickly and easily! This blast media is ideal for aluminum and brass. A great blasting media for auto mechanics, hobbyists and metal specialists.. It can also be used in a tumbler to clean or polish brass and other soft metal objects.

Pecan Shells

So you don't know what to do with the shells.

Well don't throw them away in the trash !

The shells are ground into many products ranging from a coarse grind to a very fine particulate made up of individual cells. It is the uniqueness in the basic cell design that makes the product beneficial. Most fibers are long and thin; however, the pecan shell is made up of rounded oval shaped cells called sclereids. This type of particle shape is very free flowing and allows ease of dispersion when mixed with other ingredients. Another key property is the low ash content which results in a non-abrasive fiber.

Harvey and Mary Swan