Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hickory



It's quite possible the mockernut hickory was here on the peninsula when the colonists landed at Jamestown in 1607. According to the The Appalachian Voice:

"Perhaps the most familiar use of hickory, even in modern times, is for smoking meat. Although opinions vary as to the best species, mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa) is frequently mentioned as the choice wood for smoking hams. The mockernut, so named because the small kernels are encased in disproportionately large husks, can reach an age up to 500 years (one of the longest-lived hickories) though almost all hickories can survive several hundred years, with bitternut being the shortest-lived at 200 years. Intentionally planting a hickory tree in order to harvest the nuts is definitely an exercise in patience, and perhaps only for posterity, as the trees do not begin bearing nuts for at least 20 years; with some not bearing significant crops for 30-40 years.

Hickory firewood is legendary for producing a long burn, maximum heat, and minimum ash. Colonial naturalist Mark Catesby observed, 'For the fire no wood in the northern parts of America is in so much request.' A cord generates heat equivalent to 175 gallons of fuel oil, or a little over a ton of coal. Hickory also burns with an exceptional luminous flame, an added appeal in pre-electric days."


7 comments:

  1. But how much time need those trees and are they still getting that. I am afraid not.

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  2. A rather high tree to get the nuts from.

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  3. I don't know if they grow up here.

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  4. Son unos árboles muy altos, ahora lucen con todo su verdor.

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  5. Also used for hammer and axe handles, handbows and stair building.

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