Saturday, April 2, 2011

More Wild Edibles

Last fall Eric and I harvest hickory nuts from a nearby park.  Hickory nuts taste amazing but the nuts are not sold in stores.  I was very excited when I spotted the nuts in a fallen tree, which provided perfect drying conditions and a safe spot away from squirrels.

In our area, Shagbark Hickory trees have the edible nuts.  Don't eat the Bitternut Hickory nuts.  I didn't realize at first that there was a hickory nut that wasn't tasty.  From experience your mouth will go dry if you eat a bitternut.  Thankfully it is easy to tell the two types of nuts apart.

Shagbark Hickory Nut
(photo credit)
I spent the past week cracking open the nuts.  It takes a lot of patience, but it is worth it.  I can't wait to put them into a recipe!


1 comment:

  1. Wow these look really good. I have had them before and they are quite tasty.Really like your blog. So glad that I found it!!