Fruit of Pignut Hickory


Small, elliptical nuts appear in autumn, ½ to 1¼ inches ( 1-3 centimeters) in diameter. The outer shell of each nut is a thin, light brown casing that can split naturally into four equal parts (though they do not split down to the bottom of the nut). Inside the casing lies a small, sweet-meated, light brownish-yellow nut.

Drawing by Lisa Leombruni.

Except where specifically noted, all text, photographs, and drawings copyright Chris Bersbach and Lisa Leombruni 2002. No part of this page may be reproduced without the express permission of the authors.