Have you ever wondered if you can eat acorns? Surely they’re not just for the squirrels. In this article we’ll go into detail on acorns and whether they are edible or not.
Are Acorns Edible?
Acorns are literally everywhere. There’s an abundance of these nuts wherever there are oak trees. Perhaps the thought of eating some has crossed your mind.
Throughout history, they have made an appearance in many civilization’s diet, most notably native Americans, but today, you’ll hardly ever hear anyone talk about eating them.
Well, if there’s so many of these things, then why aren’t humans eating them today? Perhaps you’ve been told that acorns are poisonous.
Acorns contain what is known as tannic acid. If you were to ingest a large amount of them, it could cause some stomach issues, however, nothing life threatening. Acorns are indeed edible, but you should only consume them after they have been properly prepared.
How to Prepare Acorns
In order to prepare acorns for consumption, you will want to remove the tannic acid which is what gives them a bitter and unpleasant taste. This can be done in three simple steps.
First, what you’ll want to do is gather your acorns and place them in a large pot of water. Make sure that you only gather brown acorns, as green acorns are not yet ripe. Remove any of the floating acorns as they are often rotten or could potentially have worms. After you’ve removed the bad acorns, continue on to rinsing them and cleaning off any excess dirt.
Next, you’re going to want to shell your acorns. By letting the acorns soak in water for a little while, you can slightly soften the shells making this easier to do, however, that is optional. Remove all of the shells and caps from the acorns.
Finally, you’ll want to start leaching the tannic acid out of the acorns. To do this, you’re going to boil the acorns. Place them in a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Continue boiling the nuts until the water has turned brown. Remove the water and repeat the process with new water until the boiled water stops turning brown. Remove the acorns and let them cool off completely.
After you have completed the above steps, you should have acorns that are ready for consumption. You can either eat them raw or you can roast them. You can also make things like acorn flour, or acorn starch which is commonly used in a few Korean foods such as acorn jellies.
It turns out that acorns aren’t just for squirrels. Humans can enjoy the abundant nuts of the oak trees too. However, don’t think that you can just go outside and start putting acorns in your mouth. You should always prepare them properly before consumption.
What are your thoughts on eating acorns? Have you ever tried them? Let us know!