By Katie Bedgood
As many may know Louisiana is known as the birthplace of pecans. And still to this day pecans are an important commodity and are harvested between the middle of October, all the way to December. Louisiana harvests 17.7 million pounds of pecans each year and we are ranked in the top 5 among all U.S. pecan-producing states. Not only are we the birthplace of pecans, we are also known for creating the first pecan pies. Back in the 1700s and 1800s when pecans were originally becoming popular, producers were able to pick and shell all of the pecans by hand, but as time went on and production kept growing industries had to begin using machines like tree shakers and giant shellers to get the job done more efficiently.