Hickory kitchen cabinets are very popular, although not everyone will like the natural look of this fine wood. Hickory has a very distinctive grain and color pattern, it lends itself to a more traditionally rustic kitchen. Knotty hickory is very rustic looking and it is perfect for log cabins, cottages, and other rustic style kitchens.
Hickory is harder than maple, oak, and most other hardwoods used commercially for kitchen cabinets. Hickory also has a grain pattern that gives it more stability and is a major factor in the overall durability of this wood species.
Speaking of species, Pecan is commonly sold as an exotic wood. Pecan, Carya illinoinensis, is a species of Hickory, they both belong to the genus-Cayra.
Pecan often commands a ridiculously high price. Why pay the extra price, when a Hickory cabinet can give you all of the benefits of Pecan without the huge price tag. Sure, the colors may be slightly different but not enough to warrant the total disregarding of Hickory.
Getting back to the durability of Hickory, this wood will take any and all abuse in the kitchen. When properly finished this wood will resist moisture, grease, smoke, and any other contaminant your kitchen can produce. Hickory is probably the most stable wood that can be used for any woodworking project.
Colors of this great wood run the gamut, from light creams in the sapwood to deep dark browns in the heartwood and knots. It's possible to to use all areas of the tree in your cabinets for rustic kitchens, or choose the sapwood or heartwood for a more refined looking kitchen.
When choosing a hickory kitchen cabinet it's important to choose the best built cabinet your budget allows. Hickory is a lifetime type of wood, meaning it WILL last a lifetime if the carcass of the cabinet will allow it. Check out my cabinet construction page for more info on just what makes a cabinet, a good cabinet.