Pecan Nuts In Shell
The nut-bearing pecan tree of the walnut family is classified botanically as a hickory tree. The nut itself is dark brown oval to oblong in shape and approximately 1-2.5 inches long. The outer husk (shell) starts out green and turns brown at maturity at with time it splits off in four sections to release the thin-shelled nut.
The nut of the pecan is edible with a rich sweet buttery flavour that is relished by parrots. Pecan nuts are high in fibre protein and energy and have the highest level of antioxidants of any nut.
Although similar in some respects to a walnut the pecan stands alone as a nut that can be conquered by medium and large parrots alike due to its slightly thinner shell.