This year, after trying some hickory nuts at our friend Brian's house, we decided to make nice with the tree that bombs our house and harvest some of those nuts.
So far we've collected about 3 lbs. 4 oz. of nuts in their shell. Our first harvest, about 10 oz. of nuts in the shell, yielded about 2.5 oz. nut meat.
The process of getting to the meat is tedious. It involves a hammer and some kind of pick-like tool.
Squirrel's dining table
Thankfully, the end result of all this trouble is a delicious-tasting nut. The taste, to me, is reminiscent of maple, and butter pecan ice cream. (I have learned that pecans and hickory nuts are related, but the hickory nuts taste nothing like pecans to my tongue.)
They are good for eating out of hand, and are tasty on top of some vanilla frozen yogurt, but what recipes will make the best use of their deliciousness? I surely intend to find out!