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green hickory nuts-- ripe??

Hi everyone,

I just found a nice stand of hickory trees that seems to be bearing pretty well this year. I love pecans and I'm really excited to try wild hickory!

Squirrels have knocked a bunch to the ground already, but the hulls are mostly still green. Are they okay to harvest or is it too early? (I'm in upstate NY) I read that you should harvest once they start falling off the tree, and then let the hulls dry & crack, but I haven't seen anything about whether the green ones are ready yet or not.

Thanks!!

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gwenyvere4
Aug. 20th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I don't have the answer, but I bet your local extension office would be able to tell you. They usually know lots about native plants.
painangrrfear
Aug. 21st, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
We collect the green nuts when they fall on the ground and store them in brown paper sacks. As you said, the hulls will eventually crack and you can peel them off. I'm fairly sure they're fine to harvest once they fall off the tree.
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