Winners at the Texas Pecan Show included several Taylor citizens.
The results from the 2019 Texas Pecan Show have been announced. Williamson County winners include:
• Reserve Champion Native Pecan — David Patton, Georgetown;
• First Place Melrose — Lisa Zucknick, Taylor;
• Third Place Podsednik — Lisa Zucknick, Taylor;
• First Place Shoshoni — Bobby & Wanda Shelton, Florence;
• First Place Choctaw — Lisa Zucknick, Taylor;
• First Place Nacono — Robert Kaderka, Taylor.
Some of these state-level winners have their pecans available for sale at local farmer’s markets, and the harvest from 2020 is happening right now. Residents can find some of these great local pecans for holiday baking and gifts.
Each year, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Pecan Growers Association hosts the Texas Pecan Show. The show originated in the 1950s as a way to teach growers how to grade their pecans for better prices, identify the most outstanding varieties for each region of the state, recognize and award the most successful pecan management programs, and advertise and promote Texas premium quality pecans.
Pecan shows begin at the county level when pecan producers bring a sample of their nuts from each variety. A sample of 10 nuts are weighed, shelled and weighed again.
The percent of edible kernel is measured after all the non-edible flaws are removed. A judge evaluates each entry based on the percent edible kernel, kernel color and nut size.
Winning entries advance to a regional show. Williamson County competes with pecans from the central region of the state, which is a center slice of Texas that stretches from the southern tip of the state to the Red River border with Oklahoma. Winners from the regional contest advance to the state-level contest for a chance to be the top pecan of Texas.
The 2020 Williamson County Pecan Show will be held on Dec. 17. Anyone with a pecan tree in Williamson County may enter pecans. If you do not grow pecans, you can bake up your favorite pecan treats and enter the Pecan Food Show.
For more information, visit https://williamson.agrilife.org.