Hickory Nuts: The "Inside" Story

Though considered difficult to open, cracking the shells of hickory nuts can be done in a way that allows easy extraction the nutmeat.

065 hickory nuts - opening a nut
The sequence of steps used in opening one of the tough nuts. [1] Lay the nugget on its side and raise your hammer several inches above it. [2] Aim for that optimum impact spot. [3] Whack the nut sharply... and [4] it'll break cleanly into several pieces, from which you can extract the meats.
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