Acorn Workshop Daniela Dana
Oct 6, 1-3pm
Are Acorns really edible?
Yes! Acorns are edible and quite nutritious but they take a bit of processing before you can eat them. They are NOT edible raw. Acorns contain quite a bit of naturally occurring tannins – which make them bitter. Other foods contain tannins to varying degrees (that is often what gives certain foods their unique ‘mouth feel’). Foods that contain tannins include: pomegranates, grapes, nuts, chocolate, rhubarb and some beans. Come learn how to make them delicious!
Following D Acres “All You Should Eat” Farm breakfast, Sunday’s activities will include an acorn gathering “how to” walk and processing demonstrations. There will be acorn foods to sample and recipes to share.
We will start at 1PM with a walk through D Acres trails. We will identify how to tell a “good” (for eating) acorn from a “bad” one, and tools & techniques for gathering efficiently – with a light footprint. Topics of discussion will include New England Oak Ecology and other forest news. The walk and workshops are FREE.
1:45-2:30 PM will be inside demonstration of acorn processing and storage methods, using equipment found in most households. There will be several acorn dishes to sample.
WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather (gloves, rain-coat, etc). We’ll have plenty of acorns to work with, but you are welcome to bring acorns you have gathered elsewhere.
The New England Acorn Cooperative is a young and burgeoning network of acorn enthusiasts from New England and beyond. We hold workshops on processing acorns, provide equipment for acorn-enthusiasts to process their own harvests, host acorn and wild-food dinners, and act as a support and educational network for anyone interested in oaks and their beautiful fruits.