|Mullahy, 15 Sept 2014|
Even though the shuck had split, the Mullahy nut inside had not fully developed its brown shell color and the nut was so wet with moisture, beads of water formed on the shell of the nut (photo at left). This pecan will need a couple of weeks drying time before the kernel would become dry enough to be considered edible.
late spring freeze we experienced last April is going to play havoc with the normal order of ripening this year. Osage broke bud early in the spring and suffered serious freeze damage. Osage trees re-budded from primary buds located at the base of last year's shoots but the need to re-leaf threw the timing for pistillate flower formation back by a couple of weeks. As a result, Osage nut development has been behind schedule all season. When I pulled a Osage nut from the tree and cut into the shuck, I found not even the slightest indication that this cultivar had started shuck dehiscence (photo above left). Osage will ripen well before frost this fall but it will probably split shuck at least 2 weeks later than normal.