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SHAGBARK HICKORY PRODUCTS

Shagbark Farm is home to 10 acres of many varieties of matured hardwood trees, among them hickory trees. On our farm we have three varieties growing, but harvest only what the shagbark hickory trees produce.

At market we offer:

Shagbark Hickory Syrup
Hickory Smoked Sea Salt
Hickory Nuts
Hickory Mustard
Hickory Spiced Apple Butter
Hickory Spiced Nuts

 

You can read about our Hickory production here.


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.



HICKORY SMOKED FINISHING SALT

Finishing salts are the upper echelon of all culinary salts. Use them on finished food - not while cooking!

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 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!


SHAGBARK HICKORY MUSTARD
We make two kinds of mustard when seeds are available. Both are country style which means they have whole seeds in them which adds a hearty thicker texture than what you might be used to!

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! Read about all of our mustards here.


SHAGBARK HICKORY SYRUP SPICED APPLE BUTTER

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 SPICED NUTS

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!


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