|2013 Peruque crop|
In 1956, Ralph Richterkessing from St Charles Missouri brought Peruque into the national spotlight when he reported his success with grafting scions from the original tree onto his own trees and the trees of several neighbors. As it turns out, the locals had known about this outstanding seedling pecan tree for over 50 years. The tree was originally known as the Hunn pecan named after the original owner of the tree, George Hunn (owner until 1918). However, Ralph Richterkessing was the first person to successfully propagate the tree and it was William Krause, the tree's owner after 1918, that suggested naming the cultivar "Peruque" after the local railway station.
|Bird pecked Peruque pecans|
Our experience with Peruque has been similar to Mr. Richterkessing's. The tree is productive and bears at a young age. The nuts are small but have very thin shells with high quality kernels. Unfortunately this cultivar is susceptible to pecan scab and is extremely susceptible to bird peck and bird pilferage. As an early ripening cultivar, Peruque seems to attract pecan weevils. Peruque's small nut size will discourage me from grafting any more of this cultivar, but the high percent kernel will prevent me from cutting down mature high-yielding trees.