How To’s and Resources
How To Gather and Process Acorns for Human Consumption:
2020 Acorn Processing / Cooking Demos & Workshops:
Like you, we are experiencing the changes around Covid as best we can, and waiting to see what best practices develop for future in-person programs. Meantime, we’ll work to improve the site as a clearing house and resource, and to share and learn from acorn lovers world-wide. Come see Balanofagia…
Acorn centered businesses:
Oakmeal – Hand harvested acorn based gourmet cookies, pasta, and fruit chews made by our mentor Marcie Mayer.
Acorn Fed Pork – Acorns are a natural, healthy, and much enjoyed feed for pigs, and a few other domesticated animals. Historically, farmers grazed their pigs in oak forests during autumn. Some parts of the world never forgot that connection or lost the knowledge of vastly better flavor and health benefits for pigs, humans and environment.
Only a few animals can eat acorns straight from the ground, shell and all, without issue. Pigs are in that category – they LOVE acorns and are more than HAPPY to graze them from a pasture with oak trees, or be fed acorns gathered for them. The resulting meat from an acorn diet is highly prized by gourmets for flavor (and health nuts for nutritional benefits). Here are some happy New Hampshire pigs having that experience: Snow Brook Farm, Eaton NH
Books about Acorn Eating & History:
Acorns as Food: History, Use, Recipes and Bibliography by David A. Bainbridge
Oak, The Framework of Civilization by William Bryant Logan
The Incredible, Edible Acorn by Arthur Haines (Ancestral Food for almost Everyone)
Eating Acorns: Field Guide, Cookbook, Inspiration by Marcie Mayer
Websites: Other excellent acorn nutrition and processing guide websites include:
Sustaining Oak Forests in Eastern North America by Daniel C. Dey
Permaculture Plans with Oaks – Temperate Climate Permaculture
This page is a work in progress and we welcome your feedback and suggestions for additional inclusion.