Commercial & Food Service

Chefs, culinary professionals, technologists, retailers and food processors are recognizing pecans’ great taste, versatility and numerous health benefits. Pecans, loved for centuries for their sweet crunch and undeniable flavor, are an ideal ingredient for many foods. Using pecans as an ingredient can create a unique taste, texture and flavor experience – but pecans also play an important nutritional role, and studies show that eating pecans may help reduce the risk of some diseases. Plus, demand for pecans is increasing year-round.

Information Resources

Pecans can be used effectively in a variety of processed food applications. To learn more about how to improve everything from appetizers and salads to entrées and desserts, take a look at our “Perfect Performance With Pecans” guide to using pecans in processed foods. For more information on what to look for when buying pecans and how to keep them fresh, check out “Tips for Buying, Using and Storing Pecans.”

Pecan Food Science Research

A Comparison of Flavor Differences between Pecan Cultivars in Raw and Roasted Forms

Shelby M. Magnuson, Brendan Kelly, Kadri Koppel, and William Reid

 Link to Article: Magnuson_et_al-2016-Journal_of_Food_Science

  • Practical Application: Results from this article can assist pecan growers in understanding how the roasting process changes the flavor of pecan cultivars. This study shows which cultivars have similar flavors, which have flavor defects, and which have unique flavors that can be valuable to manufacturers or consumers. Understanding the sensory profiles of the pecans will assist in the reduction of product waste, the increase of consumer application, and the economic growth of the pecan industry.

Vol. 81, Nr. 5, 2016 _ Journal of Food Science S1243 / Institute of Food Technologists

Pecans in Industry Publications

Get caught up on your reading by checking out what the trade publications are saying about pecans.

Pecans and Genetically Modified Organisms

With all of the discussion today about genetic modification of crops, the National Pecan Shellers Association advises there are no pecans on the market that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

A pecan crop breeding expert working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with horticulturists at major universities in the Southeast and Southwest advise that no pecan trees in their orchards or labs contain GMOs. The genetic engineering of pecans is not a strategy being used in the development of pecan cultivars.

Reviewed by:

Dr. L.J. Grauke, USDA ARS Pecan Breeding & Genetics
Dr. Lenny Wells, pecan horticulturist, University of Georgia
Dr. Leo Lombardini, assistant professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University
Drafted by: Sue Taylor, R.D., National Pecan Shellers Association

Photo courtesy of the Georgia Pecan Commission