Hickory nuts are enclosed in a thick outer shell that ripens from a soft green outer casing into a blackish woody hull as the weeks of late summer and fall pass.
"The crowd" doesn't necessarily mean just other people interested in harvesting the crop. Squirrels harvest a huge share of the annual mast crop of hickory nuts each season, and they have the upper hand. Because squirrels can climb, they can reach nuts far up in the treetops.
At High Cliff State Park this week, I ran into Hant Vander Wielen, Darboy, harvesting hickory nuts by hand for fall and winter use. Vander Wielen, an expert hickory husker, demonstrated his handy ability to de shell his bounty of hickory nuts with one hand.
Hickory nuts are falling, and it's time to begin the harvest. If you're interested in gathering hickory nuts to save over the winter for tasty baking and snacking, now is the time to get out and find precious stands of hickories.
Harvesting wild hickory nuts is permitted in most Wisconsin state parks, but not in state natural areas. Before planning a harvest on any property you do not own, be sure to contact property owners or the appropriate government organization to determine whether harvest is legal where you plan to pick.
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Autumn means harvesting hickories
Hickory nuts begin to fall usually in late August, peaking the second half of September. Once they begin to ripen, it's important to get out and enjoy the harvest quickly. Beating the crowd is key to gathering prime nuts.
Hickory nuts, shell included, can range from the size of a grape to the size of a golf ball. The shells can be of varying thickness. Generally, shagbark hickory nut shells are much thicker and woodier then bitternut hickory. The thin, leathery husks of bitternut hickory are more difficult to remove
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During the harvest season, you'll find hickory nuts of all ripeness levels falling at the same time. Some may still be green and require some hard effort to remove the outer husk. Others, even from the same tree, are fully ripe and fall right from their loose outer shells as they hit the ground.
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In our area, many property owners enjoy the bounty of hickory nuts in their backyards. Many yards and wood lots throughout the Fox Cities are loaded with shagbark hickory. Unfortunately, many of these trees go untapped, as property owners do not realize the benefits of this healthy crop, right outside the back door.
In Wisconsin, two common hickories grow wild, along with a few others that may be present in smaller numbers. The most common hickory, and the one that produces the best and largest nuts, is the Shagbark hickory. The other variety, the Bitternut hickory, produces smaller nuts with thinner shells that are not as flavorful as those of shagbarks.
Save your shells as you husk your Nike Air Max Thea Black Summit White hickory nut crop. These husks are great for garden mulch, decomposing well. They can be layered around trees and garden plants, or simply roto tilled into the soil.
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The shagbark hickory is one of the most beautiful trees of autumn, but only for a short period. As fall begins, the large leaves of shagbark hickory begin to turn a bright, brassy yellow. This brilliant color lasts only a week or so before the leaves begin to curl and brown, then tumble from the trees.
Gathering hickory nuts is a fun activity, whether for quiet, leisurely time outdoors or for serious business. When gathering hickory nuts, the easiest way to harvest is simply picking them up off the ground as they fall. Low hanging branches can be harvested by hand.
Gathering nuts for use by his wife, Pearl, in baking brownies, cookies and candy, Vander Wielen is well aware of his four legged competitors. His advice? Visit your chosen hickory grove after a heavy rain or windy night, Nike Air Max Thea Metallic Pewter
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