How I Harvest Hickory Nuts

hickory tree

This is how you harvest hickory nuts. You have to a hickory nut tree. The bark is jaggedy and there are many lobed leaves on each branch.

ripe hickory nut

This is how you know the nuts are ripe: it has to be brown and also green. When it’s hickory nut season you let them fall down and pick them up off the ground.

Lil using bench vice

You have to have a vice to crack them. It’s hard to crack the shell open. Squirrels crack the shells open with their teeth.

After the squirrels drop the nuts, they can hit the roof of the garage or the ground. It gets the ground kind of messy so watch out for that.

inside of hickory nut

The meat is ripe when it is light brown. It tastes kind of like pecans. I usually eat them raw.

hickory nut meat

I like doing hickory nuts because the inside is yummy.

Reposted from my mama’s blog, Hounds in the Kitchen.

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About Rachel Tayse

I eat well, thinking always of the next meal. I garden sustainably, minimizing my effort and maximizing harvest. I live in the company of friends, family, and dogs in Columbus Ohio.

Posted on August 20, 2012, in Food, Homeschool, Science and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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