Size grading

The following table shows how pecan nuts are graded according to size. The way it is measured, is to count the amount of Pecans that goes into one kilogram.

Pecan Sizes

Premium pecan halves are commercially-sold by size, much like shrimp. The larger the pecan half, the fewer there are in a pound. Here are the categories:

Pecan Sizes (halves per pound)

• Mammoth = 200-250 halves
• Junior mammoth = 251-300 halves
• Jumbo = 301-350 halves
• Extra-large = 351-450 halves
• Large = 451-550 halves
• Medium = 551-650 halves
• Topper = 651-750 halves
• Small topper = 751 and up

Pecan Grades

Pecans come in the following grades:

• Fancy – Golden colour, no defects
• Choice – Darker than fancy, no defects
• Standard – Harvested green (fuzzy kernels), mottled colour, shrivelled ends, etc.
• Damaged – Broken or cracked kernels

Mammoth = 200-250 halves
Junior mammoth = 251-300 halves
Jumbo = 301-350 halves
Extra-large = 351-450 halves
Large = 451-550 halves
Medium = 551-650 halves
Topper = 651-750 halves
Fancy
Choice
Extra Large Large Medium
Small-Medium Small Midget
Meal

If you need chopped nuts or pieces for a recipe, there is no need to spend the extra money to buy fancy or choice grades. Those nuts sold as chopped or pieces are just broken pieces of usually a mixture of fancy and choice grades. Standard grade is generally used for commercial applications.

PRODUCT: MAMMOTH HALVES*NOTE: THE PECANS SHALL BE SHELLED MAMMOTH HALVES AND SHALL MEET THE U.S. GRADE

STANDARDS FOR U.S. # 1 FANCY

CHEMICAL & PHYSICAL STANDARDS
1. FLAVOR CLEAN FRESH PECAN FLAVOR
2. ODOR FREE OF RANCID, BITTER, STALE OR ANY OTHER OBJECTIONABLE ODOR
3. TEXTURE FIRM,CRUNCHY, BRITTLE TEXTURE
4. SIZE/COUNT PER POUND 201 TO 250
5. SHELL COUNT/FOREIGN MATERIAL NO MORE THAN .02% BY WEIGHT
6. COLOR : NUT MEAT LIGHT AMBER TO AMBER
7. % DAMAGE NO MORE THAN .05
8.MOISTURE 3.5%-4.5%
9.FREE FATTY ACID 1% MAX
10.PEROXIDE VALUE 5 MEQ/KG MAX
11.AFLATOXIN B1+B2+G1+G2 < 4 PPB
12.AFLATOXIN B1 < 2 PPB
MICROBIOLOGICAL
1.STANDARD PLATE COUNT 10000/G
2.COLIFORM 100/G
3.YEAST <200/G
4.MOLD <200/G
5.SALMONELLA NEGATIVE
6.E COLI <3/G
7.STAPHYLOCOCCUS <10/G
SHIPPING & STORAGE CONDITIONS
30 POUNDS CORRUGATED, DOUBLE WALL AND MICHELMEN COATED CONTAINER.
CODE:
CASE DIMENSION : 15 3/8 X 11 1/4 X 10
PALLET CONFIGURATION 10 FLAT X 6 TIER
FROZEN/OPTIMUM -32 F -38 F RECOMMENDED
RELATIVE HUMIDITY -65%
PRODUCT: PECAN PIECES
THE PECANS SHALL BE SHELLED FANCY PIECES AND SHALL MEET THE U.S. GRADE
STANDARDS FOR U.S. # 1 FANCY
CHEMICAL & PHYSICAL STANDARDS
1. FLAVOR CLEAN FRESH PECAN FLAVOR
2. ODOR FREE OF RANCID, BITTER, STALE OR ANY OTHER OBJECTIONABLE ODOR
3. TEXTURE FIRM,CRUNCHY, BRITTLE TEXTURE
4. SIZE THRU OVER
EXTRA LARGE 9/16″ 8/16″
LARGE 8/16″ 6/16″
MEDIUM 5/16″ 4/16″
SMALL 4/16″ 3/16″
MIDGET 3/16″ 2/16″
5. SHELL COUNT/FOREIGN MATERIAL NO MORE THAN .02% BY WEIGHT
6. COLOR : NUT MEAT LIGHT AMBER TO AMBER
7. % DAMAGE NO MORE THAN .05
8.MOISTURE 3.0%-4.0%
9.FREE FATTY ACID 1% MAX
10.PEROXIDE VALUE 5 MEQ/KG MAX
11.AFLATOXIN B1+B2+G1+G2 < 4 PPB
12.AFLATOXIN B1 < 2 PPB
MICROBIOLOGICAL
1.STANDARD PLATE COUNT 10000/G
2.COLIFORM 100/G
3.YEAST <200/G
4.MOLD <200/G
5.SALMONELLA NEGATIVE
6.E COLI <3/G
7.STAPHYLOCOCCUS <10/G
SHIPPING & STORAGE CONDITIONS
30 POUNDS CORRUGATED, DOUBLE WALL AND MICHELMEN COATED CONTAINER.
CODE:
CASE DIMENSION : 15 3/8 X 11 1/4 X 10
PALLET CONFIGURATION 10 FLAT X 6 TIER
FROZEN/OPTIMUM -32 F -38 F RECOMMENDED
RELATIVE HUMIDITY -65

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