How to Eat Hickory Nuts

Hickory nuts taste amazing. In my opinion they are the best nut in the world! It’s pretty basic, but I’ve eaten so many nuts that I’m going to give you some tips on how to eat hickory nuts.

It does take some work to get the delicious nut meat out of the shells, but boy is it worth it.

You will need some hickory nuts, a nut cracker, nut pick, and a bowl for shells.

Take some nuts. Crack them open. You can use almost any nutcracker. They aren’t terribly hard to crack.

Once you have a few cracked now comes the fun part. Getting to the delicious nut.

First thing I like to do is remove the pieces of shell that don’t have any nuts in them. I just get them out of the way so that I don’t have to think about them.

Then I like to go for the low hanging fruit. I pull out the pieces of nut that already came completely out of the shell.

Lastly, get your nut pick and start picking out the pieces of hickory nut meat. Take extra care to remove any pieces of shells. I like to pick out the meat from ten nuts or so and make a big pile of hickory nuts. I just dump that pile right into my mouth. You can also use the nuts in your baking.

When cracking your hickory nuts, be very careful to separate the shells.After a few nuts you’ll start to get good at seeing the difference between the nuts and the shell. I have a friend that cracked her tooth in half by biting down on a hickory shell. I bite lightly to locate any shells that I missed while picking the nuts. Then I spit out those shells.