With a taste similar to pecans, the native Hickory nut has been neglected in favor of its commercial cousin. Hickory nuts were a staple food of the Algonquin peoples, and deserve to become more popular as a delicious and particularly nutritious nut.
We gather these Hickory nuts from the enormous old trees around our farm and forest. Some of these trees must be over 200 years old, with 4-foot diameters. They are home to many squirrels, who scold from the treetops as we steal their nuts. (We re-pay them with corn!)
You may choose from two different varieties of Hickory nuts -- the Shellbark Hickory, a larger nut the size of a walnut, or the Shagbark Hickory, smaller but prized by the hardcore Hickory nut lovers as superior in flavor. (Both are delicious!)
These Hickory nuts are sold in the shell -- we gather and hull them, but are not currently equipped to shell them in large quantities. The shells are reasonably easy to crack with a good nutcracker or heavy object.
We are expecting a great 2012 harvest and will be gathering the hickory nuts in late August. You may order now, but please be aware that shipments will go out toward the end of August.
Our garden seeds, yarns, and nuts make perfect gifts in synergy with our shared goals of environmental protection, sustainability, and food security.
Consider our wide range of heirloom vegetable, herb, and flower seeds as holiday gifts this year ~ grow your own and promote genetic diversity!