Chef Odessa Piper said “They are the nobility of nuts, what the black truffle is to mushrooms.” I sure do agree with you Odessa. Hickory nuts are in a class unto themselves. I love hickory nuts so much that I want everyone to try them.
I just eat them totally raw. I crack them and pick at them until I have a huge pile. Then I just dump the pile into my mouth. Better than any nut in the grocery store! This year I’ve been into the Texan York Nut Huller.
If you can lightly roast them for fifteen minutes they taste even better yet!
- Eat them raw.
- Sprinkle them on your cup cakes.
- Make a delicious milk from them.
- Use that to make a sweet hickory syrup.
- Oh man.
This year I’m only selling only shagbark and sweet pignut hickory nuts; which are the most rare of the edible hickory nuts. These hickory nuts were harvested in the autumn of 2019 from happy and wild trees in Adams County, Pennsylvania. I lovingly separate out the Grade A nuts. You can read more about the process here or watch my YouTube channel where I’m chronicling my experience harvesting, processing, and selling hickory nuts.
You can purchase by simply adding the nuts below to your cart and checking out. You can pay with credit card, PayPal, Check, Money Order, or you can send me cash. 🙂
Call me at 610-910-9764 with questions or to place an order.
⬇ Three delicious [and rare] varieties! ⬇
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Red Hickory or Sweet Pignut Hickory Nuts for Sale
I’m very excited to announce that I am now offering Red Hickory Nuts (or Sweet Pignut Hickory nuts or Carya ovalis). In 2019 I discovered a single, prolific tree.
These are extremely rare. In 2018 I mapped over 300 hickory trees and this is the only one I’ve seen so far. I tried a few of these Red Hickory Nuts and they are delicious. Honestly, they reminded me of Shellbarks. They still have that hickory flavor, but they are sweeter and less “nutty” than Shagbarks. In fact they even taste like bananas like Shellbarks do. Speaking of Shellbarks, below you can buy some of the seven pounds I harvested.
Both Sweet Pignuts and Shellbarks can be tough to crack though, so I recommend that you purchase these cracked from me (unless you have a black walnut cracker)
Because they are so rare I only got a few pounds this year. They are priced accordingly
Sweet Pignut Hickory Nuts 2019$18.00 – $40.00
Extremely rare Grade A SWEET PIGNUT (Carya Ovalis) hickory nuts.
Shellbark Hickory Nuts
These were already rare nuts, but this year there are even less. They say that nut trees go light for two years and then every third year they just put out tons of nuts. Well, in 2018 the shellbark trees put out a lot of nuts. In 2019, not so much. And there are only five or six trees that I know of. I only harvested about seven pounds this year. I am selling them for the same price anyway, so get them while they last!
What’s up with Shellbarks anyway? Well, they are less “nutty” than shagbarks. They are sweeter and almost taste like bananas. They are larger than shagbarks. They are also very difficult to crack. Make sure you either have a black walnut cracker or you buy them from me already cracked.
Shellbark Hickory Nuts 2019$16.00 – $18.00
Delicious, nutritious Grade A SHELLBARK hickory nuts.
Why do hickory nuts demand a premium price?
- They taste amazing. Like a cross between an English Walnut and Pecan
- The nuts are high in magnesium and iron
- They are particular about where they grow (limestone)
- The trees take up 25 years before they fruit
- The window of harvest is short (a few weeks)
- They are not commercially available
- Harvest is manual and time consuming
- Processing is manual and even more time consuming
- You have to beat the squirrels!