SHAGBARK HICKORY PRODUCTS

Shagbark Farm is home to 10 acres of many varieties of matured hardwood trees, among them hickory trees. We have three varieties growing, but harvest only what the Shagbark Hickory trees produce. Much of what we produce from the hickory is seasonal and as available.

 

 

 

 


SHAGBARK HICKORY SYRUP
Native Americans were the first to drink shagbark hickory tea, the broth made from boiling hickory bark. They found that this could help relieve symptoms of arthritis and we now know that hickory bark is one of the highest plant sources of magnesium. Magnesium plays a huge role in the human body including neurotransmission, muscle contraction, combating muscle pain and fatigue and is important for healthy heart function. Magnesium is also known to be an antidote to stress and one of the most powerful relaxation minerals available, better than melatonin.

Shagbark tea was originally sweetened with wild honey and this was probably the precursor to hickory syrup but it was when European sugar beets were brought to North America by American colonists, Native Americans began sweetening their hickory tea with sugar beet syrup and this is what created the Shagbark Hickory Syrup we know today.

Of the current world production of more than 130 million metric tons of sugar, roughly about 20% comes from sugar beet and 80% from sugar cane. 

Sugar beets contain 10-16% sucrose. Honey is made up of 38.2% of fructose, 31% glucose and only 1.3 % sucrose. Maple Syrup is basically 99.9 % sucrose. White table sugar, turbinado and brown sugar are also 99.9 % sucrose.

We use cane sugar to sweeten our shagbark tea and a maple syrup hydrometer to ensure consistency in sugar density. Our shagbark hickory syrup is the same density as maple syrup, but the similarity ends there!

Hickory syrup is not made by tapping the tree, rather it is made by harvesting the shags of bark that the tree naturally drops and boiling them with sugar. It makes some of the best syrup I have ever tasted and truly rivals the flavor of maple syrup. It has a sweet, almost smoky flavor that is distinctive. The Shagbark tree drops it bark all year around, but since the end product involves a lot of boiling, this product is produced in abundance in the cooler months but is available all year long.


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SHAGBARK HICKORY PRODUCTS OFFERED SEASONALLY

SHAGBARK HICKORY NUTS

A hickory nut is similar to a pecan. It is a smaller nut and more potent in flavor, somewhere between sweet and woodsy. It is a tough nut to crack and there is a trick. Just ask!

HICKORY SMOKED SALT

We start with Pacific Blue flake sea salt and hickory smoke the flakes to impart a unique earthy, smoky flavor to enjoy on your finished creation. A fantastic cut of beef, a beautiful trout fillet, a fresh slice of summer squash plainly grilled, dressed with nothing but a finishing salt - the essence of Summer!

SHAGBARK HICKORY SYRUP
SPICED NUTS

Made with toasted mixed nuts, our herbs, pepper flakes and sweetened with our Shagbark Hickory Syrup. Unusual and a huge hit with nut lovers!

SHAGBARK HICKORY SYRUP
SPICED APPLE BUTTER

Made with sweet juicy apples a traditional Spiced Apple Butter sweetened with our Shagbark Hickory Syrup. Unusual and now an Autumn tradition!

SHAGBARK HICKORY SYRUP MUSTARD

A sweet and spicy brown mustard, country style which means it has whole seeds in them which adds a hearty thicker texture than what you might be used to!


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SHAGBARK HICKORY LOGS
FOR SMOKING

Shagbark hickory logs cut 3"-4" width, 16"-20" lengths for use in wood burning ovens or smokers. Seasoned. We only cut these when we have a tree that needs to be cut down or that Mother Nature decides needs to be on the ground. We do not cut live healthy trees! As available.


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