Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I BUY WUTTA NUT! PECANS LOCALLY
Yes! We are found in many stores in and around Charlotte. Our goal is to be in stores nationwide. If you have any recommendations for shops closer to you, please use our Contact form to let us know, and thank you!
Where do the pecans come from?
Our nuts are sustainably grown in Georgia and the Carolinas by reputable farmers. We visit every farm where we source our nuts and have personal relationships with many of the growers.
What’s the best way to store pecans?
Keep them cold! Yes, this warm-climate nut likes the cold. Seal them in an airtight container. They’ll keep at up to 40°F/4° C (your minimum refrigerator temp for safe cold food storage) for weeks. But if you can store them at or near 32°F/0° C that’s better. The best is in your freezer at 20°F/-7° C, where they’ll stay fresh for 9 months or so.
To serve, take out what you need about an hour ahead of time, spread them flat and keep them covered with something porous that allows the cold to dissipate and so condensation doesn’t form (a paper towel will do), until you’re ready. Pecans can be refrozen.
Do not store them at room temperature unless you plan to use them within 7 to 10 days.
HOW LONG WILL MY PECANS STAY FRESH?
Wutta Nut! Pecans may be refrigerated or frozen in the container they are packaged in. Pecans suffer no damage from freezing, and will last longer frozen than refrigerated. Pecans can be refrozen again and again without affecting the quality, texture, or taste.
ARE PECANS A SUPERFOOD?
Pecans are indeed a powerful superfood. They are packed with iron, zine, copper, and manganese, potassium, and magnesium, just to name a few minerals that your body needs but does not produce on its own. They also contain vitamins A, B-1 (thiamin) C, D, and E. Pecans are also free of cholesterol and sodium. They are low in carbs, while high in cholesterol-lowering plant sterols, fiber, and flavonoids.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO THAW PECANS?
First, do not open the container until the pecans have thawed in your refrigerator. Then, remove what you want, close the container and return to the freezer. Cold roasted pecans absorb moisture and lose their crunch. If this happens, you can spread them on a cookie sheet and pop them into a pre-heated 250° oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Let them cool for their full crunchy goodness.
CAN I EAT PECANS AS PART OF MY KETO DIET?
Pecans are one of the lowest-carb nuts around.
WHAT KIND OF PECAN DO YOU USE?
We use only the Elliot pecan, the undisputed best-tasting of all pecans. They are naturally sweet and delicious. They are classified as junior pecans due to their petite size.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WUTTA NUT! AND RAW PECANS?
Our pecans are kept frozen from the time they are shelled shortly after harvest until we roast them. To keep them fresh tasting, they should always be kept refrigerated once opened, and frozen before then.
DO YOU GUARANTEE YOUR PRODUCTS?
Yes, we do. If any Wutta Nut! Pecans product arrives damaged or in poor condition, please notify us via our Contact Us form, give us your name and describe the problem. You may also include your best phone number and time to reach you. We will replace your order at no charge to you.
How do I choose the best pecans?
When buying packaged pecans, look at the kernels, or halves. They should be plump, golden brown and uniform in size.
Can I freeze pecans?
Yes, they keep best this way, and they thaw in a short time. Halves will thaw in less than an hour, pieces in about 15 minutes. Spread them flat and keep them covered with a paper towel or something porous so the cold dissipates and condensation doesn’t form. If it does, just leave them uncovered, they’ll dry in a few minutes.
What’s in pecans?
A one-ounce serving, about 15 halves, gives you magnesium for heart and bones, potassium for heart, and zinc for your immune system, plus vitamins A, E, and B1 (thiamin). You also get a fistful of antioxidants to ward off cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Along with 2.7 grams of dietary fiber and 2.6 grams of protein, you get Omega-3s, those essential fatty acids that fight inflammation, sterols that lower cholesterol, and folic acid for your muscles and your mind. What you don’t get is any cholesterol or sodium, and less than 4 grams of carbohydrates. All for under 200 calories.
Are pecans fattening?
In a word, no. In fact, several studies have shown that the more nuts participants ate, the lower their body fat. Not only did they lose weight, they kept it off longer than people following a traditional lower-fat diet. Pecans are part of a well-balance regular diet, along with fish, poultry, grains, fruits, and vegetables.
CAN I KEEP ROASTED PECANS IN THE PANTRY?
Yes, for a few weeks. Always keep them in an airtight container. They are high in unsaturated fats, so like any oil, the pecan oil can go rancid. For this reason, we recommend freezing them until you are ready to eat them, then allowing them to thaw before opening so moisture does not enter the package. Once opened, keep them in the refrigerator. Pecans that have gone rancid have a distinctive odor and taste off.
HOW MANY SERVINGS IN A POUND OF PECANS?
The Official USDA serving size is one ounce, that’s about 15 halves of our varietal of pecans when seasoned. For a party or charcuterie board, plan for one pound for every 20 to 24 people. As a primary snack for a tailgate party, plan for one pound for every 10 – 12 people, or twice as many. Pecans keep well when frozen and can be refrozen without harm, so you’re always safe ordering more than you think you’ll need.
Why do some pecans taste terrible?
Pecans have a higher oil content than other popular nuts, and oil becomes rancid over time. Retailers often store raw pecans for months at room temperature, and worse, subject them to the high heat of warehouses. You can spot badly stored pecans by their dark color and shriveled appearance.
DO PECANS CONTAIN ANTIOXIDANTS?
Yes indeed. Pecans have more antioxidants than any tree nut, and rank among the top 15 foods with the most antioxidants. Antioxidants are believed to fight cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
WHAT DO MAMMOTH, JUNIOR AND FANCY MEAN?
Like wine grapes, pecans come in different varietals. They also have different sizes, also called grades. Pecans that meet the large grade are classified as mammoth. A smaller grade is called junior. Our Wutta Nut! pecans are a varietal classified as juniors.
Fancy refers to the quality and the size. Specifically, are the halves well-dried, well-developed, of uniform color not darker than amber, and free from damage as well as free from shell, the center membrane, or other debris. Then, are the halves fairly uniform in size and conform to size classification.
WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY?
We cannot accept returns of food products. If your order is damaged in transit or a product arrives in poor condition, we will immediately send you a replacement at no charge to you. Please contact us using our Contact Us form, and tell us your name and the problem. You may also include your best phone number and time to reach you.
Are pecans genetically modified?
No. American Pecans are not genetically modified. All of the pecan varieties grown in the U.S. have been developed through conventional breeding methods, such as tree grafting. The improved varieties are all derived from the native pecan, which grew naturally in North America millions of years ago. None of the U.S.-grown pecans contain GMOs.
Does heating impact the nutrient content of pecans?
No. The nutrient profile is not significantly changed by roasting pecans, as the nutrients and bioactive compounds, such as flavonoids, will remain intact.