[nafex] Are Hicans Edible?

Louis Pittman lpittman at murraystate.edu
Sun Jun 9 22:11:34 EDT 2013

Hicans are edible.
Not much harder to crack and extract than pecans.  Flavor intermediate
between the two parent species.

You either need better hickories or a better nutcracker.
There are shagbark and shellbark hickories that - despite having a hard
shell - will crack out as mostly intact halves or quarters.
Crushing and boiling is fine for making hickory syrup - but, unless you're
dealing with mockernut hickory, youshould be able to extract some usable
nutmeats from even the worst shagbark/shellbark.


On Sat, Jun 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM, <alexis at conev.org> wrote:

> Hey Folks,
> thinking about what nuts I can grow. Anyone have much experience with
> Hicans? To what extent are the edible? Lots of things get called edible
> that aren't  really in a practical sense. Wild hickories fit this latter
> category. The nuts are very tasty, but the extraction rate is pitiful as
> the nuts are wooden. The only practical way I have heard of eating them
> is to crush the nuts and boil them, and skim the oily residue.
> Can hicans be cracked and eaten, like pecans (walnuts, etc), or are they
> more like hickories?
> Any info appreciated.
> Alexis Zeigler
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