Edible parts of Pignut:– raw or cooked. Very variable in quality, some are sweet and pleasant whilst others are bitter and astringent. In general it is inferior to other hickories. The nut is rather small, has a very thick shell and contains very little edible matter. The seed ripens in late autumn and, when stored in its shell in a cool place, will keep for at least 6 months. Sap – tapped in spring and used as a refreshing drink. Sweet.
Other uses of Pignut: Wood – hard, strong, tough, very flexible. It weighs 51lb per cubic foot. An excellent timber, it is used for tool handles, agricultural implements etc. A very good fuel, burning well and giving off a lot of heat.