Name: Shagbark Hickory
Binomial: Carya ovata
Family: Juglandaceae

Its nuts, encased in a unique, spiny, burr-like husk, are particularly noteworthy.

These husks, ranging from 1.5 to 5 cm in length, safeguard the valuable nuts within.

To enjoy these nuts, one must first extract them from their tough husks.

This is followed by a drying process in a warm, ventilated area, typically lasting 2-3 weeks.

This crucial step preserves the nuts and makes them easier to crack. Once dried, remove the hard outer shell.

Beneath it, peel away the papery brown inner layer to reveal the edible kernel.

The kernels of Shagbark hickory are celebrated for their rich, buttery flavor, reminiscent of pecans, making them a delectable addition to a variety of culinary creations.

In addition to the nuts, the young leaves of Carya ovata are also edible.

They can be consumed fresh, imparting a distinctive flavor and texture to salads, or used as a cooked green.

Though less frequently utilised, the inner bark is also edible in small quantities.

It can be harvested and transformed into a survival food or used as a flavouring agent in certain traditional dishes.