Fall treasures: hickory nuts.


There was a lovely hickory harvest here this fall. We got almost a bushel. That’s very unusual in my experience — the squirrels usually get to them first.

I used to race the squirrels for them when I was little. Sometimes the little buggers would throw the nuts at me, and wouldn’t you know — the ones they threw were always wormy!

As you might have guessed, hickory nuts are my favorite nuts. They’re light and sweet and go well with most things.

We have a lot of nutcracking ahead of us.


  1. LB said,

    November 20, 2008 @ 9:49 am

    I don’t think I have ever had a hickory nut?!
    Have to look into that.

  2. The Herbwife's Boyfriend said,

    November 20, 2008 @ 10:03 am

    We have gallons. They are not really a commercial variety, for a reason: it takes five minutes to get into one, and then you have forty-five grains of shell-speckled, mild yet tasty nut. We’ll bring you some next time we’re in town.

  3. crabappleherbs said,

    November 20, 2008 @ 10:17 am

    The boy exaggerates. They are easy to crack — about as hard as a Brazil nut. But it’s true that they do shatter.

  4. LB said,

    November 20, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    Maybe he could further make his case on his food blog?

  5. Anon said,

    November 21, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

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    Thank you for putting out there such a lovely, useful site 🙂

  6. Angelena @Little House said,

    December 9, 2008 @ 11:19 am

    We had lots of hickory nuts this year as well.

  7. linda said,

    January 24, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    I am so excited to find this blog. I have been looking forever for something like this! So are, every thing you have here is wonderful.Thank you!

  8. Oakmother said,

    February 17, 2009 @ 11:46 am

    I have a gallon of hickory nuts I collected for the first time this year. I’ve been toying with the idea of extracting the oil, as I’ve been put off by the cracking difficulty! We’ve been using the hulls when we cook on the grill – nice flavor!

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