The Edible Acorn

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Specific seed selections meant for acorn consumption by humans. Low in tannin but still need to be leached until no bitterness remains. Use in conjunction with corn meal to make acorn bread.
The easiest and most effective means of removing the bitter flavor (tannins) of the acorn is by blending with water, let set overnight in the refrigerator and then decant the water off. Repeat this process daily until the water is almost clear. To test for tannins, hold a small amount of crushed acorn in your mouth for a few minutes. There should no discernable bitterness or that dry funny feeling on your tongue. The oak selections we offer are meant so the processing part is easier and is done in 1 or 2 steps. Not all acorns are equal in this respect. For instance, we made acorn bread out of sawtooth acorns last fall. It took 8 washings and grindings including one boiling water bath to rid the bitterness.

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Ashworth  Bur Oak

Ashworth Bur Oak

"Ashworth" Sweet Acorn

Selected northern New York strain of bur oak noted for its small sweet acorns and high yields. From legendary plant breeder, Fred Ashworth. See St. Lawrence Nursery. These selections are some of the best acorn producers on our farm often producing...

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Bebbs Oak

Bebbs Oak

Bur x White Native Seedling Hybrid-Good Acorn Producer - Faster Growth Rate than White Oak

Bebbs oak is a fairly common hybrid found within the range of bur oak. Usually they look similar to bur oak in the wild but occasionally you will find some hybrids closer to the white oak. At times these crosses are difficult to define until you g...

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Bing Bur Oak

Bing Bur Oak

Productive spur-type fruiting bur oak crosses. Excellent drought tolerant selection producing thick leaves. Fairly sweet low tannin acorns drop free of the cap. The original Bing was a large acorn type like Maximus and a shy yielder. It was found...

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Burgambel Oak

Burgambel Oak

Excellent Acorn Production on a Small Tree

One of the best selections for acorn production burgambel begins producing acorns at a young age when the trees are only 3-6 feet tall. The acorns ripen early in the season starting in September. Medium growth rate, Burgambel averages 1-2 ft. pe...

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Burlive Oak ECOS

Burlive Oak ECOS

Durable Native Strain for Hot, Dry and Cold Areas

This strain has been used in parts of Nebraska were few trees can grow. Burlive oak can tolerate both heat and drought and grow in unforgiving soils. If you ever traveled to an area with few trees and asked “why?” the answer is not always what is ...

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