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Old 07-03-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Is anyone out there conversant in hickory nuts?

I found these in the woods, both on the ground and whizzing by my head. I'm pretty sure that they are Carya. They seem to most resemble Carya ovalis, red hickory. The skin is thin and they smell wonderful, very peppery and spicy.
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:31 PM   #2
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We eat a lot of hickory nuts, but I'm not conversant in the different types; mostly we have shagbark around here.

I can tell you that those you have aren't ripe (and they don't ripen if they fall; those probably have worms or something). If you can locate the tree, the healthy nuts will be ready in the fall.
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:30 PM   #3
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Thanks JennyC. The woods I walked through today were full of the nuts so there must be several hickory trees there. I did look around for shagbark but did not see any. When do they generally ripen in GA?
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Looks really neat, definitely a sign of carya with a spicy husk.

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Old 07-03-2009, 07:09 PM   #5
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They really smelled good! My car still has the scent of them, hours after I brought them inside.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:29 AM   #6
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Here, they'll ripen ... gosh. When do they ripen? October? Late September? I'm a bit hazy -- I know I gathered them in the heat and continued up until Thanksgiving (they don't suffer much from a little bit of weather).

I'd love to smell those! I don't think I've ever encountered them.
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Next time I go back I'll gather some for you. PM your address.
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Please, some here too...no red hickory here. I have a great spot that's gonna be plowed in the lawn for some new wood growth. We'll trade some shagbark nuts!

Carya usually ripens here in August, about 5 or 6 weeks from now, but the squirrels will eat them even before they ripen. Luckily even the squirrels have butter(nut) fingers and will drop a couple dozen.

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Old 07-04-2009, 12:27 PM   #9
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Haappy to oblige Dan. PM your address and they'll be yours!
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Cool! Thanks! I'm just going to do a quick check to see there's no disease affecting hickories that we might spread by accident. As long as there isn't, I still have shagbark nuts in the freezer, so I can send you some, too.
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