Pecan: Locally Sourced from the Heart of Texas

Pecan: Locally Sourced from the Heart of Texas
February 24, 2017 Jchon
In Jewelry

Half-Past Eight Studios is located in Denton; the Heart of Texas.

Did you know the State Tree of Texas is the Pecan? We, in fact, have a very large Pecan tree in our backyard! So you won’t be surprised to learn that many of our projects are indeed VERY locally-sourced.

The mature pecan tree is usually 70 to 100 feet tall, as shown above, but can grow as tall as 150 feet and higher. The native pecan trees shown are estimated to be over 150 years old. Their trunks are more than three feet in diameter.

Texas is the largest producer of native pecans, and is second only to Georgia in the production of hybrid (orchard grown) varieties. The pecan became the Texas state tree by act of the Texas Legislature in 1919. Governor James Hogg favored the tree so much that he requested that one be planted at his grave site.

Not only does the Pecan tree make for fine turned pens and bentwood rings, it also makes for some fantastically tasty desserts!

Pecan pie made with pecans and corn syrup is a customary holiday dessert and is as much a tradition as a Christmas Tree in the living room. It certainly is around our home! Many also make a habit of shelling the nuts and eating them out of hand.

The Texas State Tree: Pecan.” Lone Star Junction. 2013. Web.

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