Planning pecan pie for Thanksgiving dessert? Might want to think again. Apparently searing heat and periods of drought have hammered the harvest, sending pecan prices through the roof — $11 a pound, anyone?
“I’ve been farming for 60 or more years, and this is the driest I’ve ever seen,” Louisiana grower Ben Littlepage told the Associated Press. “The bayous are completely dry.” He’s expecting a quarter of his usual harvest this year.
China also claims a chunk of the U.S. pecan crop, reports the AP, as the nuts are favorite treats for the Chinese new year celebrations.