All About Hickory Nuts

Hickory Nuts | Mar 06, 2024
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Have you ever tried a hickory nut? They may not be as popular as other nuts, but they are a delicious, highly nutritious food you may not know much about. If you have hickory trees on your property, you’ve got something special.

Hickory trees are native to Asia and North America. Not only are they beautiful, but they drop delicious hickory nuts and are known for their slow growing, durable wood. They can reach 60 to 80 feet tall and 40 feet wide. The nuts are classified as drupes, which just means the nut meat is surrounded by a husk.

They are one of the most nutrient dense nuts full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Foraged, a community marketplace where you can purchase specialty foods from farmers, shares, “They are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help support brain health and reduce inflammation. Hickory nuts are also an excellent source of magnesium, which aids in muscle and nerve function. Moreover, they contain significant amounts of vitamin B1 (thiamine), essential for energy production and maintaining a healthy nervous system.”

Since hickory nuts are similar in taste to pecans and walnuts, they can be used in many nutty recipes. Their rich, buttery flavor has a hint of sweetness, and their texture is crunchy. There are endless possibilities when it comes to the uses of hickory nuts in the kitchen. For example, many people make their own nut milk and flour, and using the same techniques, you could make hickory nut milk and hickory nut flour. You could also use them to make candied hickory nuts, sprinkle them on oatmeal, use them to make trail mix or granola, and add them to any dessert that could use a nutty flavor.

Hopefully you’ve learned something about hickory nuts you didn’t know before. Check out Pinterest for hickory nut recipes and start trying something new!

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