Sorry for the delay CROW. They are in my mind the best tasting nut that is in PA. They can be a tough to remove from the shells but are worth it. I found that trees a few miles away from where I searched had a lot of nuts. Sadly the squirrels left the hulls.
They are good for baking. My cousin makes the best hickory nut bread, I can taste it while I'm typing, the bread is out of this world. Only thing is they're hard to get out of the hull, it takes a lot of patience and time.
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my trees where loaded with shagbark hickory nuts. picked 4- five gallon buckets full and could pick many more. I think they are better eating than walnuts and pecans. some good youtube videos on how to shell them. too bad you weren't closer.
I know of several trees right along the main roads here is Susquehanna County that the ground is literally white with hickory nuts. I picked quite a few up from these trees last year. I dried them for about a month or so and then used a nut cracker and they opened up quite well. The nut meat fell right out of them