On my “Lets talk about pecan trees” video on Youtube, ArboriusOwns posted an interesting comment.
I would love to see a video on how to make acorn flour if you have that knowledge in you bag of tricks. I kinda know but would love to see it done.
This question got the little wheels in my head to spinning. For a disaster to be so bad that people are eating acorns, there would have to be a total collapse of society.
During outbreaks of the plague in the middle ages, so many farmers and merchants died, that an untold number of people in the cities starved to death. There was nobody to grow the food, there was nobody to transport the food, there was nobody to sell the food. People were eating the grass in the fields. Parents were killing children to eat them, children were killing parents to eat them. There are even stories of people digging up dead bodies to tear the flesh off the bones.
Our modern day food production system is very fragile. Just a couple of events could have a very negative impact of society – but hopefully not as bad as what the Black Death had.
Even though I have two very large water oak trees in my yard, and right now there are thousands of acorns on the ground, eating flour from acorns is not really a thought. In a pinch, sure the acorns could be cracked open, the core removed, soaked in running for a few hours to remove the tart taste, ground up and made into flour. To be perfectly honest, I would rather plant some squash, cucumbers, radishes or some potatoes.
Oak trees produce acorns from about mid October – November and take about 100 years to reach maximum production. That means that immature oak trees will not produce as much as mature older trees. So your going to need a rather old tree to produce a good supply of acorns.
Tannic acid is what gives acorns their bitter taste. The good thing is, tannic acid is is water soluble. Shell the acorn, remove the soft middle, grind up, put in a pillow case and put into a running stream for about an hour.
Some oak trees produce more tannic acid in the acorns then other types. So some types of acorns will have to be soaked longer then other types.
But really, how far would society have to decline to be harvesting acorns to make flour? If you are having to pick up acorns – keyword “have to” – then other people will be picking them up as well.
If your survival plans include “I’am just going to pick up acorns, store them and make acorn flour”, you might want to come up with a better plan. Oak trees do not produce the same amount of acorns every year. One year might be a good crop, the next year might be less.
The very thought of having to pick up acorns after a disaster reminds me of stories of the plague. And is that where the story goes? That we starve to death in the fields like livestock, or along the road like a dog?