Pecan trees bloom in the spring, usually in late April or early May, although the exact time depends on the cultivar. The trees produce separate male and female flowers on the same tree. The flowers rarely bloom at the same time, however; one tree must pollinate with another cultivar to produce a crop of nuts.
In general, pecan trees in Texas fully ripen during a seven-week period from early October through the first week of December.
Many of us had family members that used money from picking up pecans as a major source of their yearly income. It was always easy to tell who had been picking up pecans, from the stains on their hands. While I can’t lay claim to ever picking cotton, I picked up lots of pecans when I was a kid.
Below is the fascinating story about the Pecan Sheller Sweatshops in San Antonio.
Be sure to listen to the 4 minute audio clip that’s imbedded in the link below.