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It's nut-cracking time in Texoma

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Foster Crossing Pecans in Anna, Texas, specializes in the holiday season staple. (KTEN) Foster Crossing Pecans in Anna, Texas, specializes in the holiday season staple. (KTEN)

ANNA, Texas -- Meet Jim Luscombe. He owns Foster Crossing Pecans in Anna.

It's been a 20-year process, but this year's crop is special.

"We've got one-pound packages of the best paper shell pecans you can find in the county... these are the best!" he boasted.

Some pecan farms are not having the best season. Like any crop, rain is a big factor.

But the Foster Crossing pecans have a hidden tool to give you the best pecans.

"We had a good spring as far as rain goes," Luscombe said. "We dried out a little bit in the summer, but the way we have our orchid planted, we have an underground aquifer that helps us out that other orchid growers don't have."

He said there is nothing like fresh-picked pecans; you can't get them at your grocery store. It's about color and size.

"What people like are these big golden halves... see how the big gold is, and see the shoulders aren't broken off," Luscombe said. "That is the best pecan you can get in the country."

And it's not simply a matter of scooping up pecans off the ground.

"We get them picked up, harvested, cleaned up, and then we bring them up to our cracking barn," Luscombe explained. "Then we crack them, shell them, blow the husk off them, the shells of them, clean them up even further and package them "

There's a lot of work to be done, and it requires all hands on deck. That's where the family comes in.

"It's really great... bring them all together and let's work pecans for a while," Luscombe said.

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