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