This rare, all-natural syrup is painstakingly made from local
hickory trees here in central Wisconsin.
The word Hickory is derived from the Virginia Algonquin Indian's word "pawcohiccora", a term for a ground meal made from the nuts. The early Virginia colonists quickly learned the value of the Hickory from the local Native Americans and used hickory tree wood smoke to flavor, cure, and preserve meats in the famous smokehouses of Virginia.
The Shagbark Hickory (‘carya ovata’) is a large deciduous tree that reaches over 100 feet in height and can live for 200 years. Though the trees are seldom grown commercially, their nuts are edible and are championed by those who know the taste personally. It is also a favorite of the local fauna as squirrels, chipmunks, turkeys, black bears, foxes, rabbits, mice, wood ducks and mallards all compete for the flavorful nut! In the early 1800's settlers relied heavily on the hickory to supply strong wood for crates, barrel hoops, wagon wheels, tool handles, furniture and wood for fuel. Hickory was so widely known for it's toughness and strength that the 7th President, Andrew Jackson, was nicknamed "Old Hickory"
for his similar traits!