One of my presents came right before Christmas - these wonderful Elliott pecans. My brother-in-law manages a pecan farm in Georgia and this year they had a great crop of Elliott pecans.
I didn't even know they existed. He gives me pecans every year and I thought they were all like. Silly me! They gave me this tea towel too.
The Elliott pecan halves are "prized by seasoned chefs and fanatic foodies for their robust sweet flavor, high oil content and delectable crunch. The small, oval shaped nut is a rare specialty pecan due to its sporadic yield and the fact that only select growers choose to harvest them".
Elliotts are named after the man who first discovered them in Florida's panhandle during the 1920's. Because of their stocky little size, Elliotts don't require chopping when adding to many flavorful pecan recipes. So you can use whole Elliott halves in cookies, muffins, salads and pies.
I thought I would still chop them since they were bigger than the descriptions about them. I thought they were sweet, but not too much different than the regular ones. Maybe I am not a pecan connoisseur.
I love to use pecans in recipes and since I received so many, 3 pounds of Elliotts and 5 pounds of regular pecans, I will need lots of ideas. I put them in the freezer to keep them fresh for now.
You can send pecan recipes my way, I would love that. Looking forward to a wonderful new year with all of my bloggy friends.