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Reflections in Nature: 5 hickory species grow in PA

July 21, 2013
By BILL BOWER - Special to the Sun-Gazette , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Recently, Bob Bastion, of East Troy, asked me if I knew why our ancestors often used hickory wood when smoking meats to be preserved. I surely didn't know the answer, but he did. Bob told me that he heard on the History Channel that hickory wood contains salt, which helps in the preserving of meats.



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