Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

November, 2001
Regional Report


Orange Pecans
Be forewarned that this recipe is addictive. If you like, you can alter the flavors by substituting water for the orange juice, and adding 1 teaspoon cinnamon in place of the orange rind.


1 cup sugar

1/4 cup orange juice

1 teaspoon freshly grated orange rind

2 cups pecan halves


Place the sugar and orange juice in a heavy saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently. Simmer the mixture over medium-low heat, uncovered, until it registers 240 degrees on a candy thermometer, or when a few drops form a soft ball in a cup of cold water, about 6 minutes. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon, remove from heat, and quickly stir in the orange rind and pecans. Immediately scatter the candied pecans on a sheet of waxed paper, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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