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Hickory Nut Health Benefits

Hickory nut is native to North America; one ounce of hickory nuts contains 180 calories. Hickory nuts are a substantial and nutritious snack. They contain a moderate to high amount of calories, about 200 per handful.

 

They contain proteins, unsaturated fats and carbohydrates.  Hickory nuts also contain Vitamins B-1, B-6, magnesium and phosphorus.

 

Snacking on hickory nuts is a wise choice, as a 1 oz. serving fits into the preferred 100 to 200 calorie range for a snack.

 

The calories offer a variety of nutrition, as well. To calculate an ounce of hickory nuts without pulling out your food scale, pile the nuts in the palm of your hand.

 

A serving of hickory nuts, either as a snack or incorporated into a recipe, provides 16 percent of the vitamin B-1 you need each day.

 

Vitamin B-1, also called thiamine, works to maintain the function of your muscles, heart and central nervous system.

 

The sweet nuts of this Hickory species ripen in autumn and have a delightful aroma.

 

These nuts are harvested for commercial use. Other than humans, it is a favourite with many wild animals and birds like Squirrels.

 

Hickory nuts are rarely found on grocery shelves, simply because the kernels are so difficult to extract in large pieces.

 

Commercial syrups made using the tree’s bark are available and are commonly used on breakfast cereal, pancakes and waffles.

 

The nuts of some species are palatable, while others are bitter and only suitable for animal feed. Shagbark and shellbark hickory, along with pecan, are regarded by some as the finest nut trees.

 

Hickory is highly prized for wood-burning stoves, because of its high energy content. Hickory wood is also a preferred type for smoking cured meats.

 

In the Southern United States, hickory is popular for cooking barbecue, as hickory grows abundantly in the region, and adds flavour to the meat.

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