Chinese hickory nuts (山核桃), or Carya cathayensis, are related to American pecans. Both are species of hickory, Carya illinoinensis.

Here is an example of Chinese hickory nuts from Changbai Mountain (长白山).

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What tools can I use to crack Chinese hickory nuts?

Can a tool for cracking macadamia nuts, for example, the following two, be used for cracking Chinese hickory nuts? I have the first tool but not the second.

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  • I've cracked pecans with my hands, anything should work really
    – Esther
    Commented Aug 18, 2023 at 18:04
  • @Esther Thanks, Does Chinese hickory nut look more difficult to crack than American pecan? Does it look like having thicker shell?
    – Tim
    Commented Aug 19, 2023 at 1:38
  • From the picture these nuts look like they are much harder to crack than a walnut or hazelnut. The macadamia cracker looks like it could get them open but I don't know whether you will get the nuts out in one piece. A fist sized rock works great for almonds so that might also be worth a try.
    – quarague
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 11:18


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