Harvest is in full swing currently and I am pleased to say that everything is going very well.
We began as expected in the last week of June after the first severe frost, which is natures signal that the time to harvest is right. We harvest in stages as we take time, normally a week, to shake the trees, then we remove the branches that have fallen, and then collect the nuts before repeating this cycle.
Clearing the orchard of branches
Collecting pecans with the harvester
The big benefit of waiting for the frost, is that the nuts are by then naturally air dried which means we are not forced to intervene by artificially drying the nuts. This natural air-drying process is fundamental in us offering a raw product that has not been exposed to heat.
As is the natural cycle of pecan trees, this year is considered a ‘down’ year in terms of the overall production as the trees rest every second year. This an unavoidable reality for pecan farmers, but the severity and overall quality can be managed through careful water application in the growing months. This we do through a combination of intuitively visually assessing the trees throughout the growing season as well as through a sophisticated irrigation monitoring system that can provide us with precise information on moisture levels in the soil.
Technology certainly helps, but one cannot stress enough how beneficial it is that we have nurtured our trees from seedlings through to full maturity. Years of watching and understanding our trees, together with the technology that is available today, means we can consistently make fundamentally good orchard management decisions. Trying to get the best out of the trees without spending time in the orchards; looking and thinking, is impossible and no technology can
replace that holistic understanding.
Every year we are inspected for our organic practices as well as our food safety. I am pleased that ECOCERT have again passed our organic certification to European Union standards and Control Union have again deemed us Food Safe to the HACCP standard. Both audits were clean of any non-compliances, something we are very proud of. These are important tests each year for us as they are the necessary credible third-party inspections to enhance our commitment to our customers.
The shelling and selection of our pecans for packaging is under way too.
Human attention to detail is something we believe sets Roux Pecans apart. The ability to hand select the best quality pecan kernel and hopefully exceed your expectations is what truly distinguishes us. To this end we are proud that we have this human element in our selection of kernel and in doing so we provide sustainable and meaningful employment to women in our local area.
The first shipment of Roux Pecans will leave the farm mid to late August, with an approximate 25 days of sailing time before arriving in Rotterdam with Rhumveld.
When buying Roux Pecans, you are buying more than a pecan nut but are supporting an entire ecosystem and community that depends on your continued and valued support; for that we thank you.
With kind regards, the Roux family