Friday, October 3, 2008

Horseless Friday: Go nuts! (for hickory nuts)

I do a horseless post every Friday. This Friday I've gone nuts; for hickory nuts! It's fall here in Vermont and the wild things are getting ready for winter. As my husband and I took our stroll, we found that the hickory trees along side our road are dropping their bounty.

Identifying Hickory nuts

There are a number of hickory tree species native to North America. Did you know that pecans are part of the family? Many of the species are hard to distinguish.

Hickory nut memories

Nuts can be enjoyed fresh or dried until the green husks turn brown. Then remove the outer husk and crack the shell. They can be used any time you'd go for walnuts or pecans. Here are some unusual recipes I found. But if you are feeling very adventurous, go wild with hickory nuts and brussel sprouts! I have to try that!


Pony Girl said...

I would love to see Vermont in the fall! Okay, silly question, but where are chestnuts from? Like chestnuts roasting on an open fire?
I found some strange nuts this morning while on a walk. They had a spikey outer shell, and the nuts were smooth and brown on the inside. The squirrels were going nuts over them! ;)

A Bay Horse said...

I've never seen a chestnut tree in the wild, but those sound like chestnuts...?

The only place I've ever found them is in the super market. That's really cool if you have a tree in your neighborhood!