How To Gather and Process Acorns for Human Consumption:

How to Gather Acorns

How to Process Acorns

How to tell Good Acorns from Bad Acorns


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:

OakmealHand 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:

Oak Ecology

Sustaining Oak Forests in Eastern North America by Daniel C. Dey

International Oak Society

Permaculture Plans with Oaks – Temperate Climate Permaculture



The History of Oak Trees & Acorns as a Food Source from Mighty Wild on Vimeo.

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