November 26, 2018 Heather Gauley

Awesome Acorns

Oh nuts! 

So I went for a hike with one of my girl friends in the fall and we came across a mighty oak, and it got me thinking about acorns and all the things we can do with them.  Every now and then I need to get out of the city, enjoy the cool fall air and get back in touch with nature. Ah, so nice.

We are going hiking, because not only is hiking wonderful for you, (see how hiking can change your brain in this article here: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/01/call-to-wild/

But also to forage for some nuts and possible apples or crab apples.

How can you eat acorns you ask? Well that is exactly what i was wondering this morning so I thought i would do some research on the topic and find out what i need to do to ‘cure’ them so they are edible, how i need to store them for future use and of course what new thing I can make from these lovely little nuts.

Well I found a wonderful article that not only shows how to get our little acorns ready for eating but also shares what you can do with the tannic acid as well! I do love things that use all parts!

In this article http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/survival-skills-5-ways-eat-acorns from Outdoorlife you will also find recipes for roasted acorns, acorn brittle and bread, and acorn cookies! MMM.. these sound delish.

I can’t wait to go hiking to get back in touch with nature and to forage a little so I can come back and make one of the wonderful recipes above.

So what is so wonderful about acorns and why would we want to forage for them?

Well they are a wonderful source of natural vitamins and minerals such as

The tannin’s in the acorns can be saved and used as an astringent for your skin. Use it to soothe burns, scratches and bites.

Acorns are high in fiber which improve digestion and gastric distress. Fiber keeps things moving along just like we need it too. We also know that adding nuts to your diet is a wonderful way to get some healthy protein that no one has to die for.

Yay nuts! Let’s go get some!

 

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