Now, when harvest time comes, a nut tree can produce up to 50 pounds of nuts. But if all goes well, a pecan tree can produce strong annual yields for decades. In effect, a nut producer does not benefit from early harvests, but expects to obtain crops similar to those of an annuity in the future. The American appetite for walnuts can reach up to 300 million pounds a year, according to Norman Winter, executive director of the National Pecan Marketing Council in Bryan, Texas.
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There are over 1,000 different types of nuts and they come in a variety of sizes. The United States has an annual harvest of 150 to 200 thousand tons of nuts collected from more than 10 million trees.