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Carya ovata

An Easy Way to Open Shagbark Hickory Nuts

From hard shelled shagbark hickory nuts ---

photo showing a group of shagbark hickory nuts.

to a bowl of split in half shagbark hickory nuts ---

photo showing a bowl of shagbark hickory nuts split in half.

To perfect pieces of half nuts rather than a bunch of little squashed pieces ----
( learn about it tutorial )

Perfect for ice cream, candy, baking or just plain old eating.

photo showing the results of the half-nut being split by the knifeblade into quarter-nuts and the nut meat taken out.

Carya ovata - Shagbark Hickory. Also called scalybark hickory.
DATE - September to October.
FOUND - "In southwest Pennsylvania - around Greensburg, Latrobe, Mt. Pleasant, Donegal.
WEATHER - Not applicable. It's either a 'nut year' or it is not.

Gather the nuts from mid September to mid October before the squirrels and chipmunks can get them.
Many will have the thick husk off of them already from falling and hitting the ground. Those that don't need to have the husks removed.
Let them sit around in the garage for about a month or so. Make sure the animals can't get in the garage.
After they have been sitting for a while you will notice if there are any little larvae curled up and laying on the floor. That means there are nuts in your basket that have holes in them. That's where the weevil larva bored it's way out. Get rid of those nuts.

I like to get them early in the fall before the leaves are down. Best time to go out is after there was a really bad wind.

One area I have a lot of success at is a picnic area that has several pavillions. The nuts fall, roll off the roof and gather pretty much in the same area in the grass.

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