For over twenty years we have grown Georgia Pecans as a family business. We take pride in the quality of our shelled and unshelled pecans including the Oconee, Desirable, and Sumner varieties. If you would like to take this opportunity to learn more about our operation and what makes our pecans just a little better than the rest, feel free to explore our site!
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Our business began in 1986 when founder and owner, Larry Jordan, planted the first pecan orchard at Wagon Hammock Nursery, Inc. Wagon Hammock Nursery is located on US 1 N in Lyons, GA. The city of Lyons is in Toombs county in southeastern Georgia. Southern Nuts was established in 2008. Southern Nuts is a proud family-owned and operated business operated by Debbie Jordan and her brother Michael Jordan. Since its beginning more than twenty years ago, Southern Nuts has continued to grow and sell fresh Georgia Pecans to some of the largest retailers in America. Southern Nuts produces and sells only the best varieties of Georgia Pecans, including the Oconee, Desirable, Sumner and Stuart varieties.
Oconee variety pecans originate from the Oconee tree. While these trees produce crops relatively early in their lifespan, its nuts are harvested from the middle to almost the end of October. Oconee pecans are large and of high quality. Desirable pecans live up to their name. These trees produce early in the season. The Desirable type is an oily variety of pecan, and is a favorite of tourists in Georgia. Sumner pecan trees are quite robust and resilient. Like the desirable sort, these trees also flourish early in the season, and produce wholesome nuts. Sumner trees do very well in southern states like Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. The Stuart pecan tree yields enormous amounts of nuts, and can be found all throughout the U.S.
The GFVGA is the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable growers association. Southern Nuts joined GFVGA in order to network with other pecan producers. Through this organization, we are hoping to share innovative ideas to increase production and reduce costs, therefore providing the highest quality product to our consumer at the most competitive prices.
GFVGA is the voice of the industry. We hope to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge regarding marketing opportunities, increasing production efficiencies, and improving communications among GFVGA members and industry suppliers.
At Southern Nuts, our grading and packing equipment is state of the art. As a result, careful production planning allows us to grow and distribute the best pecans available. Southern Nuts buys and sells the best pecans, furthermore, we have a line of condiments found only in this area. We sell Vidalia Onion Dressings, Sauces, chocolate covered pecans in addition to southern heritage cook books.
Georgia is the number one pecan producing state in the country. Consequently, Southern Nuts and the numerous other producers in GA have a huge positive economic impact on our state.
For over twenty years we have grown Georgia Pecans as a family business. Especially relevant is the fact that we take pride in the quality of our shelled and unshelled pecans including the Oconee, Desirable, and finally, the Sumner varieties.
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Sincerely, The Jordan Family
HISTORY OF PECANS
Pecans are our Georgia super food! Look (please see below) at all the vitamins and minerals that are in pecans.
Pecans are the only nuts that are native to North America. The name pecan is actually an Algonquin word “pakan” or “paccan”, which means “a fruit that can be enjoyed after breaking the shell with a stone.” Let’s also briefly go over some of the history of pecans as well as scientific information on them.
Pecans are actually in the hickory family. Hickory nuts are round in shape, while pecans are a longer oval shape. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both loved pecans and grew them on their plantations. Pecan trees can grow as high as 100 and can live for many many years. Pecans are only second in popularity after peanuts. The United States grows 80% of all pecan nuts in the world.
Health Benefits of Pecans
Pecans are free of cholesterol and actually help in lowering LDL cholesterol levels.
Pecans are good sources of oleic acid that prevent the proliferation of cancer cells.
Pecans contain phytochemicals such as ellagic acid, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, and Vitamin E, which make it a good antioxidant.
Pecans are also one of the best sources of B complex vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic, folate, vitamin B6, and thiamin.
Pecans provide essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, and manganese to the body