Red Hickory Tree-A True Hardwood Native of the Southeast

Red Hickory
The Red Hickory is a native to southeastern United States with extreme reach to southern Ontario, Canada along the Niagara River and the shores of Lake Ontario. It was once considered a hybrid between a Shagbark Hickory and the Pignut Hickory; however, it now considered its own species.

The Red Hickory has a single nut which is found inside an enclosed fleshy husk. During the summer growing season this nut remains green and fleshy. When the nut is ripe the husk splits apart and remains on the nut, releasing a spicy strong smell. The nut itself is small and edible, ranging from an oily-sweet to oily- bitter flavor. The nuts mature in late summer.


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