To me, one of the sweetest tasting nuts is the hickory nut (pronounced hicker nut in these parts). It is also one of the most tedious to "pick out." I engaged in a little tedium this week and picked the tiny meats out of the small hickory nuts that were gathered from the woods several weeks ago. I probably picked out less than a fourth of a cup.
I wanted to do something for Thanksgiving with the nut meats, so I modified a recipe and made cheddar, hickory nut, and sage medallions. With hickory nuts, it is easy to overlook tiny shell fragments. I wondered if I should make a written warning. DS said shell fragments are shrapnel. Hmmm, "Warning: these cheese wafers may contain shrapnel"? I decided to stick with a little card listing some of the intentional ingredients. I did find a tiny shell fragment in one of mine. I hope no one else did.