1st printing July 1993
2nd printing February 1995
3rd printing February 1997
4th printing March 1999
5th printing May 2001
Special thanks to Bill Bruneau & Betsy Jeavoris- Bruneau at Bountiful Gardens for support and professional advice, Robin Jeavons for the acorns in her freezer, Valarie Mavis for her smiling support, Jane Shadeck for artistic thought, Quince for research leads when the idea for this book was only a seed, Malcolm Margolin at Heyday Books in Berkeley, for complimentary research material, Noel O’Neill for information from University of California at Berkeley, California Oak Foundation for making this book available, free-of-charge on their website, Tim Easterbrook for a valuable research source, my family for their love and support, and especially to my husband Jon for all his wonderful ideas and belief in the power of the acorn....
SUELLEN OCEAN is a native Californian, residing in Mendocino County, who has spent many “seasons” harvesting and cooking acorns. She has a Communications degree from Sonoma State, with concentrations in writing, public speaking and “nature.” A former radio personality, and mother of two grown boys, she lives happily on twenty-three oak-studded acres, with her husband Jon.
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Mountain White Oak
Northern Red Oak
Tan Bark Oak
Valley White Oak
I don’t know why more people don’t eat acorns. Perhaps myths about them exist, and they’ve never been dispelled. I absolutely love them.
Through the process of writing this book, I cooked a lot of acorns. Friends and family loved the recipes. The majority of “first-time-tasters” were surprised at how delicious they are.
Unfortunately, in California the Oaks are falling to the hands of developers and agriculture. It is a great loss. Besides producing tons of food, there’s always the charming silhouette of your favorite oak against the horizon. Acorns are everywhere! In the parks, on school grounds, along the roads, maybe right outside your door.
I use Tan Oak acorns a lot because there is such abundance where I live. Sometimes, if you don’t gather your acorns right away, the wildlife will gather them for you! If you have access to more than one variety, watch their cycles. When you see a “good” acorn, you’ll often see it ready to bust out of its shell. While hiking, I see acorns in different micro- ecosystems. In the Fall you may pass healthy acorns on a southern slope, in the Spring, you may see tasty- looking acorns nestled in the leaves of a northern slope, kept moist without a lot of sun.
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