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3 responses to “The Mechanics of Eating Acorns”

  1. Meg Taylor

    There’s heaps of pinoaks where I live, and my parents have a cork oak planted on the naturestrip outside their house. I’ve always wanted to cook with acorns, since I read “My Side of the Mountain”. It’s Autumn now so I’ll be keeping an eye out for them. The pinoaks are street trees, would the acorns be safe or do they soak up pollution while they’re growing?

  2. Tim

    I’ve also experimented with acorns a fair bit and continue to. To deal with the worms: I put my acorns in a dirt sifting box that just fits over my mortar mixing pan. The worms fall through the screen on the bottom of the dirt sifting box and get caught in the mortar mixing pan. I then take the worms out to my pond and feed the bluegill. Chikens love the worms too. Oily acorns can be pressed for their oil. One variety of eastern red oak has produced a delicious oil that compares exactly to pecan oil. So delicious! and good for the skin too. I haven’t yet gotten the variety identified but I remember where those trees are!

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