Q&A: Bob Knight
Knight Creek Farms has an orchard in Creek County and a shop near Tulsa Hills.
If you’re thinking about making the chocolate pecan bourbon pie, why not do so with the very best pecans? One place to find great local pecans is Knight Creek Farms, which has an orchard in Creek County and a shop near Tulsa Hills.
Owner Bob Knight is a source for everything you’d ever want to know about pecans. We talked to him about this year’s harvest.
What’s the difference between local pecans and pecans you find at the grocery store?
Pecans are two-thirds oil. When stored properly in the freezer they keep fairly well. The nuts in the store that are frequently dark brown in color are such because the oil is becoming rancid. These pecans have been at room temperature too long. For the nuts we sell in the summer at the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market, we store the nuts below zero and recommend they be put back in the freezer when they are purchased. For some reason, the grocery stores will keep dog food in the freezer but not pecans.
What’s your favorite way to eat pecans?
I have pecans every day in oatmeal for breakfast. During the harvest we eat a lot of fresh pecans.
Can you tell the difference in taste between pecan varieties?
One variety may be good one year and not as good the next. From what I can tell of this year’s crop, our Pawnee and Kanza pecans are going to be nice. We also harvest a lot of native pecans. The varieties do taste a little different, but I don’t really have the vocabulary to describe the difference. The big difference has to do with freshness.
Where can we find your pecans?
We bring our freshly harvested pecans from our orchard every day to our shop at 8408 S. Elwood Ave. (Knight Creek Farms also is at the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market during market season.)