Hickory Nuts
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Hickory Nuts drop from Hickory Trees (native to most of the Eastern U.S.) in the fall but are usually not found on grocers’ shelves because they are so hard (and time consuming) for consumers to crack well at home. Picking bits of nut meat from the shattered shell fragments is not a joy, though done right shelling nuts together can be a family activity that harkens back to the past.

If you are intent to forage some wild Hickory Nuts for yourself, remember that only some of the 11 to 12 Hickory species found in North America produce palatable Nuts. Shagbark Hickory and Shellbark Hickory are the species you should seek out once Autumn rains (or frost) have begun to loosen the nuts from the limbs. Remember to go out foraging quickly. You are competing with a horde of bushy tailed animal nut hunters too.


Hickory Nuts season begins around Autumn.


Hickory Nuts are available year round.


When purchasing Hickory Nuts in the package, look for a “best before date” on bag, can or jar. If you can see the Hickory Nuts, they should be plump and uniform in size. The shell and nut should not be limp or squishy looking. You should not see any signs of moisture inside the bag or jar. When opened, or if buying from a bulk bin, the Hickory Nuts themselves should not smell musty or rancid. You should not see any mold or dark discolorations. Moldy Hickory Nuts should be avoided and/or discarded.


Most of us will be purchasing and using dried, blanched or roasted Hickory Nuts, out of the shell which will have good moisture levels but all Hickory Nuts, including dried or roasted Hickory Nuts, still have a high Fat content which can turn Rancid very easily if not properly stored away from heat and light. Keep your commercially purchased Hickory Nuts in a air tight container and stored in a cool dark place.

Portion Size

Allow 3-6 Hickory Nuts per person.

Nutritional Value USDA
Amount Per 100g
Calories 657
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 64g
Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 21g
Monounsaturated Fat 32g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 1mg
Potassium 436mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 0g
Protein 12g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie