Hello! I am a hickory tree! I’m the best tree in the forest! You can recognize me by my shaggy gray brown bark. Did you know that I am stronger than wrought iron? In fact, they say that no other American wood compares to my strength and hardness. My timber was favored by early settlers for tool handles, wagon hubs and a type of hammer called a maul.
I also provide tasty nuts that have a subtle sweetness. They are excellent in cakes or cookies. Native Americans pounded my hickory nuts and boiled them, straining the liquid and keeping the oily essence, which they added to cornmeal cakes.
And as I am sure you already know, if you want a really good hot fire, use my wood! A cord of my timber releases as much heat when burned as a ton of coal. I really am the best!