Shagbark is one of the great smoking woods. A friend in California sent me some once, and I made it last through numerous pigfests.
Is Shagbark what I remember as Hickory?
Yes! The elf's head is a shagbark hickory nut. It's a pretty tree with outlandish looking bark.
The flaovr of Hickory nuts is still strong in my memory. If I was extra good, there would always be a few in my Christmas stocking.
I made hickory nut pie for thanksgiving this year, a specialty of my aunt Gladiator. It took some doing, cracking and picking to get enough, but the results were worth it.
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