Hickory is a tree of the genus Carya (which also includes pecan). It is characterized by extremely tough, yet flexible wood, which is valuable for tool handles, bows, etc. The wood is highly prized for woodburning stoves, because of high caloric content. Hickory wood is also a preferred type for smoke curing meats. The nuts of some species are palatable; while others are bitter, and only suitable for animal feed. Shagbark and shellbark hickories are regarded as the finest nut trees.
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