Hickory Nuts

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  1. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Ok ya'all, found hickory tree and nuts at the corner of my property. What all do you use them for?
     
  2. woodspirit

    woodspirit Well-Known Member

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    It depends on the kind of hickory tree.
    Eat one. if it tastes bad, don't do it again.
    there are pignut hickories, shagbark hickories, bitternut hickories, dickery dock hickories etc
     

  3. papaw

    papaw Well-Known Member

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    Hickory nut pie .... yum yum!
    Make it the same as pecan pie .... it's worth all the shellin and pickin.
     
  4. VALENT

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    I believe hickory nuts are very similar to pecans. We use pecans for snacks of all kinds and desserts. They are probably best shelled right in the field and eaten right away. They keep very well and can be made into numerous desserts.
     
  5. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You might want to think about trying to raise some of them for trees.
     
  6. Wildcrofthollow

    Wildcrofthollow Well-Known Member

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    If you have a "sweet" hickory nut, you can use them the same as you would use pecans. Valent is right, pecans are similar... pecans ARE hickory trees. Carya illinoensis I think is right. Woodspirit is also right there are a lot of different hickory trees, though I wouldn't spend a lot of time lookin for dickery dock hickory trees without having some mice that were visually impaired. :nerd:

    David
     
  7. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    MMMMMmmmm...hickory nuts! Hickory Nut pound cake is delicious! When I was a kid our neighbor always made an apple/hickory nut cake that was absolutely yummy.
     
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    I don't know how 'homesteading' you are, but remember the excellence of hickory as a wood independent of the nuts it produces. Heavy and strong, flexible, and has a 'shock-absorbing' quality. Ax and hoe handles, yokes for animals and humans. Good firewood and good for smoking meats. (You don't have to chop down the whole tree, just harvest limbs judiciously.) Dry the chips from where you cut the wood, soak them in water, and add them to your grill to give the meat a nice smoked taste even if you aren't actually smoking it.
     
  9. woodspirit

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    It very wise to use as much as you can without sacrificing the whole. good ideas.