I’m googling, but not hav ing instant easy luck: on average, what percentage of a pecan is shell vs. meat? Asking for the obvious reason: what am I paying to have someone else shell them. A local nut seller charges exactly double for shelled vs. unshelled. So does that mean that a pound of unshelled pecans will normally yield a half a pound of nuts?
And is “unshelled” the best way to refer to them? “Whole” is correct, but I think people would mistake that to mean “unbroken” meats, not nuts in the shell. “Unshelled” seems clumsy…I dislike using “UN” to refer to something.
Second question: actual definition difference between nuts and seeds? My guess is that nuts are the seeds of a tree encased in a hard shell without any fruity/fleshy coating. Seeds are the seeds of a tree with a hard shell that IS encased in a fruity/fleshy coating.
And as long as I’m on the subject: Peanuts are WEIRD. They are like alien life forms come to earth. Does ANY other plant grow like a peanut? (Tey flower, fall over, and the peanut grows from the flower IN the ground. WEIRD.)