Foraging for Hickory Nuts – Great Tasting Free Food

Hickory Nuts have been around in the US and Canada forever, and they are nutritious but are seldom found in stores because they are hard to crack.

Hickory Nut Tree

Hickory Nut Tree

But Hickory Nuts are full of fats and grow wild in many parts of the country and might be an important source of food in times of lack. But many people go gathering Hickory Nuts in the fall, it becomes a part of life in some areas of the country.

B-Vitamins – Hickory Nuts contain some of the B Vitamins including B-1 and B-6 making it important for metabolism and for health and vitality.

Fats – Hickory nuts have lots of calories, one ounce usually contains less than 200 calories. So it’s a good source of energy in times of need. Also one ounce of Hickory Nut contains more good fats than saturated fats about 2 parts saturated and 8 parts none saturated fats, and protein too that helps to build muscles, nerves, and brain tissue. And they are cholesterol free which is important for heart health.

Protein – One ounce of hickory nuts which is a small amount usually contains some where around 3 grams of protein… not bad.

Minerals – Hickory nuts contain lots of phosphorus which is important for water regulation and cardiovascular health. Calcium and phosphorus for strong bones, and they have a good amount of iron and copper in them too which is important for anemia.

Vitamins – They have a small amount of Vitamin C, plus a fair amount of Vitamin A which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. And Hickory Nuts have a very good amount of B Vitamins which are important for metabolism and vitality.

Fiber – Hickory Nuts are full of lots of great fiber that is important for colon health and thus propagation of probiotic bacteria in the gut, which boosts immunity.

Omega 3 and 6 Oils – Hickory Nuts also contain some great Omega 3 and 6 oils that help to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.

Gathering Your Own Food – It is important that we start learning to gather our own natural foods around the planet and Hickory Nuts are one of those foods that appear every year and should be used to augment our diet.

Taste – Hickory Nuts have a very pleasant taste that you will love… and enjoy even more because it takes a little bit of doing to crack these nuts because they have a very hard shell.

Uses – My mother grew up in the midwest and Hickory Nuts were everywhere, and they used them in pies like pecans, at them raw, chopped them and used them in baking. They used them in any way you can think of for great tasting meals. And Hickory Nuts can be made into a syrup that is in my humble opinion wonderful.

So get out this fall and find some Hickory Nuts out in the forest and enjoy!



This article is meant to get you started so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly advocate that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.

Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.comfeel free to contact him any time. Also check out Dr. Haider’s radio show at Nov. show to be about “A New Way of Learning” 

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About Dr. Paul Haider

Dr. Paul Haider has been a Master Herbalist for over 25 years. Dr. Haider helps those looking for healing and realization. Dr. Haider has over 4,000 articles about natural health and spirituality, a radio show, and writes for many magazines including OM Times Magazine. Dr. Paul Haider - Contact him on his Website contact form at - and also on FB under Dr. Paul Haider
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