The Amazing Enticing Acorn

I have been fascinated by acorns for a long time now.

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I have watched squirrels running around with them in their little mouths and it is my understanding that even the Jay Birds like them.

Somebody told me once that the earliest Americans prepared acorns into a “Meal” or a “Flour” and used them as food.

I learned that before an acorn can safely be eaten by a human being, there is a long and complex ritual of leaching that has to take place and if the process is not followed, the acorns are poison to humans.

There is a set of instructions on the web purporting to teach us how to prepare acorns for cooking ….. https://www.almanac.com/content/how-prepare-and-cook-acorns

I have not ever tried preparing acorns and apparently the animals and the birds see no need to prepare them.

I went looking for a commercially prepared acorn meal at the health food specialty stores once but it seems that no one has ever thought to prepare them, mill them and offer them for sale to the market. I can’t even find any recipes that one might use in preparation of acorns.

Like I said above, acorns are toxic if not prepared properly and so there are more instructions on how to deal with acorns at “Wiki How” —– https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Acorns-for-Food

There is an extensive article about acorns at Wikipedia and the following is an excerpt from that article. The entire article may be read at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn

Wildlife that consume acorns as an important part of their diets include birds, such as jayspigeons, some ducks, and several species of woodpeckers. Small mammals that feed on acorns include micesquirrels and several other rodents.

Ponies eating acorns. Acorns can cause painful death in equines, especially if eaten to excess.[3][4][5]

Large mammals such as pigs, bears, and deer also consume large amounts of acorns; they may constitute up to 25% of the diet of deer in the autumn.[6] In Spain, Portugal and the New Forest region of southern England, pigs are still turned loose in dehesas (large oak groves) in the autumn, to fill and fatten themselves on acorns. Heavy consumption of acorns can, on the other hand, be toxic to other animals that cannot detoxify their tannins, such as horses and cattle.[7][8]

The larvae of some moths and weevils also live in young acorns, consuming the kernels as they develop.

I am a peanut, walnut, hazelnut, filbert, hickory nut person myself, but like I said before, I would love to find a way to try something prepared from acorns somewhere along the line, sooner or later.

3 thoughts on “The Amazing Enticing Acorn

  1. My daily life is surrounded by acorns. As I live under two huge Oak trees, the ground, house, and both cars, are littered with them. They are difficult to get off the lawn, and grow into baby oaks very quickly if missed. A very old local man told me that grey squirrels don’t actually eat acorns, but compulsively store them anyway. The only wild animal in the UK that eats them is the pig. But as pigs are no longer wild, and the EU does not allow them to be fed with acorns, they have become a waste product instead.
    In WW2, acorns were used as a substitute for coffee, especially in Germany.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Little bit of additional knowledge, a peanut is actually a bean and part of the lugume family. I guess peabean didn’t roll of the tongue as nicely, lol. It’s been years since I had roasted acorns. Much prefer roasting chestnuts.

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