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Average nut quality of test trees.

# Nuts / lb. % Kernel Kernel quality breakdown Specific gravity Harvest Date
   % Fancy % Standard % Amber     
40 53% 30% 22% 1% .80 Oct. 24


Introduced in 1917 by a Mr. Betchel of Ocean Springs, MS.


Produces a very large nut of medium quality. Kernels are generally darker than optimum. Production in our test was much lower than necessary for a commercial variety. The trees seldom set more than a single nut per cluster. This means that the few nuts you do get are well-filled even though they are quite large. Yield in other tests have also been low (Anderson, 1999; Nesbitt et al., 1997; O'Barr, 1996). This cultivar has good scab resistance and would be useful as a home orchard variety, but productivity is too low for commercial use.

Production record of test trees beginning in year planted

'Jackson' production from the Ponder Variety Grove test. Each colored line represents the year planted.

Alternate Bearing Intensity = 0.69