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Pecans ( Carya illi­noinen­sis) can grow to 20m wide and live for 1000 years. Young trees are frost ten­der, but are late to burst into leaf in spring and very cold-hardy once es­tab­lished. Be­cause there are only small pock­ets of trees in New Zealand, nut pro­duc­tion here is less re­li­able. Plant­ing a se­lec­tion of com­pat­i­ble, grafted va­ri­eties in­creases your chances of pro­duc­ing a crop and the more trees you plant, the bet­ter your odds. They like am­ple min­er­als but NZ soils have plenty of ni­tro­gen for them. Don’t give them com­post or any ni­tro­gen which will en­cour­age fast growth that will break in a wind (which NZ pecans are prone to do). Pecans are best eaten in the three weeks af­ter har­vest­ing, and are said to have a more del­i­cate flavour than wal­nuts. Af­ter this, their high fat con­tent means they start to go ran­cid.

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