For thousands of years, hickory nuts were an important part of the diet of the Choctaw people in
present-day Mississippi and Alabama. In this area, pecan trees were very rare. As Choctaws
moved westward on hunting trips, and later through the Trail of Tears, they encountered the
pecan nut. Similar to the familiar hickory, but with a thinner shell, they called “Oksak Fvla”, or
“Shelled Hickory Nut”.
Rooted in pride and planted with passion, a spirit of goodness goes into every bag of pecans we
harvest at Choctaw Farms. This is why the pecan nut harvest remains an enjoyable fall tradition
for generations of Choctaw families in Southeast Oklahoma.