Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Hickory is a large family of nut bearing trees in the genus Carya. 'Carya' is from an Ancient Greek word meaning nut.
The hickory nuts that you like to eat are Carya lacinosa or Carya ovata.
Pecans [Carya illinoinensis] are a type of hickory.
Pignuts [Carya glabra] are hickories.
Bitternuts [Carya cordiformis] are hickories.
Ours are either pignuts or bitternuts - not very tasty, they say. Only the squirrels like them.