COF note: Always seek and receive permission to gather acornsfrom agencies and/or private property owners.
I don’t know why more people don’t eat acorns.Perhaps myths about them exist, and they’ve neverbeen dispelled. I absolutely love them.Through the process of writing this book, I cooked alot of acorns. Friends and family loved the recipes.The majority of “first-time-tasters” were surprised athow delicious they are.Unfortunately, in California the Oaks are falling to thehands of developers and agriculture. It is a great loss.Besides producing tons of food, there’s always thecharming silhouette of your favorite oak against thehorizon. Acorns are everywhere! In the parks, onschool grounds, along the roads, maybe right outsideyour door.I use Tan Oak acorns a lot because there is suchabundance where I live. Sometimes, if you don’tgather your acorns right away, the wildlife will gatherthem for you! If you have access to more than onevariety, 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 acornson a southern slope, in the Spring, you may see tasty-looking acorns nestled in the leaves of a northernslope, kept moist without a lot of sun.