Harvesting Hickory Nuts

Whether for food, supplemental income, or a bit of both, harvesting hickory nuts in the fall is a worthy and productive pastime.



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A close-up of a shagbark hickory trunk. You can see why it has that name.
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Hickory leaves and immature nuts as they appear during the summer.
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The shagbark hickory tree should be a productive source if and when you decide to go out harvesting hickory nuts. 
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A good forager under a good tree can gather 20 pounds of hulled hickory nuts in an hour.
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This solemn fellow is obviously a good forager.
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Unshelled wild nuts on sale in a natural foods store.
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Diagram shows methods of cracking open hickory nuts.
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