Many claim these large trees bear the most delicious nuts in the world. We’ve yet to have the pleasure of tasting them, but we’re excited to have planted some on our farm. Shellbark hickories are native to Ontario. They take a few years to put down a taproot before growing quickly, and generally bear nuts within about 15 years of planting. They’re majestic trees, with distinctive, peeling strips of bark, and eventually make a bold statement of bountiful production in a food forest. Two are needed for cross-pollination.