Everyone in the South knows that pecans are a true culinary delicacy! At Rudy's Happy Patch Market, we try to keep them in stock for our customers. Since the first pecans dropped from the trees last fall, peers have been busy cracking and extracting the tasty halves from the shells.
As Judy Lyles smilingly demonstrates in the photo, cracking the pecans is the first step in the preparation process, which will continue with extraction and cleaning before the tasty nuts arrive in the market stalls.
"These shelled pecans have increased in popularity at Happy Patch Market,” notes market team member Phyllis Smith. “The season is about to end for this year, but we have some packages remaining in the market. I invite customers to enjoy these wholesome nuts for summer baking and cooking."
Summer pecans can also be used raw in cool warm-weather salads. Try a fresh and simple Waldorf salad that is perfect for a spring luncheon:
Core and slice two medium apples (mix a red apple and Granny Smith for variety and color.
Add one cup halved red or green seedless grapes.
Add ½ cup chopped pecans.
Mix with ¼ cup light mayo.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Chill for at least 30 minutes.
For a little more zing, consider adding one or more of the following:
½ cup raisins
2 Tbsps. fat-free greek yogurt
½ cup chopped celery
1 cup cooked, chopped chicken
Add additional mayo as needed with added ingredients. Enjoy!