Thursday, April 15, 2010

Foraging - Acorns

My first foraging experience for the challenge was hunting for acorns. Easily collected, but not easily processed for food.

I followed the steps, but boiling them until the liquid is clear has taken way more than 2-3 hours.

I collected & dried them on Easter. I de-shelled them on that Monday. I believe the following day I started boiling them after work & soaking them. Here it is a 1 1/2 weeks later and they still do not appear ready to dry & ground to make into meal.

I was brave and tried a teeny taste a little while ago. It wasn't bitter but had kind of a mushroom-like taste (they also smell like mushrooms when the are boiling).

Hopefully I can finish them tonight because I am going out of town for the weekend.


  1. It turns out that the acorns are a flop except for use in the compost pile. Kathy talked to someone in her perma-culture class, and the Native Americans took months to prepare the acorns until they were edible.

  2. Did you toss them yet? The article you cited recommended putting them in a fast flowing stream for a day, you could give that a try.

  3. I did not throw them away - they are still in the fridge. What are you suggesting?