Delicious, nutritious Grade A SHELLBARK (King Nut) (carya laciniosa) hickory nuts.
- You want to talk about niche! Shellbarks are delicious and rare. I only know of one Shellbark tree that isn’t ravaged by squirrels.
- They are sweeter and less “nutty” than shagbarks. In fact they sort-of taste like bananas. This year I only got 18 pounds total, so they are priced accordingly.
- They can be tough to crack, so I recommend that you purchase this cracked from me (unless you have a black walnut cracker)*
I carefully weigh them and bag them up in a freezer bag ready for storage. Then I ship them off.
I RECOMMEND BUYING SHELLBARKS CRACKED. Shellbarks have thick, hard shells. They are much more difficult to crack than Shagbarks; they are almost impossible with a hand cracker or Texan York Sheller.
If you want to crack them yourself you will need a black walnut cracker (that’s the one I’ve had for years and it’s solid) or one like this (can’t vouch for it).
PLEASE BE KIND AND LIMIT YOUR PURCHASE TO NO MORE THAN 1 LB. I only have 18 precious pounds. I would like many people to try them.
These hickory nuts are shellbark hickory nuts harvested in Autumn 2021 from a single wild tree in south, central Pennsylvania (Adams County). I know of maybe a dozen trees, but the squirrels eat all the nuts before they drop! For some reason they leave this one tree alone. You can see some pics from the only Shellbark tree I harvest from in the product gallery.
*Watch out for those shells; eat at your tooth’s risk. I had a friend drive one between her teeth like a wedge and shatter her tooth. I always recommend sorting with a keen eye and chewing lightly to check for shells.