[NAFEX] Edible Acorns
jmichaelnave at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 15 10:47:45 EDT 2007
You are confusing completely different concepts.
There are many food items that can be used with
various preparatory procedures or when combined with
other foods. Chestnuts are a food item that can be
enjoyed with little or no such procedures and are
delicious even without those procedures. That is why
people prefer chestnuts to acorns. This is a very
simple point. That you feel the need to argue about it
No one is attacking NAFEX or the concepts that drive
NAFEX members so I am not sure why you defending them.
No one is attacking your reasons for growing what you
grow nor the reasons why you do so, so again I am not
sure why you are defending them.
The issue here is very simple, Chestnuts are delicious
fresh or roasted. Acorns are not. That is why chestnut
"fanatics" turn up their noses at acorns.
--- Donna &/or Kieran <holycow at cookeville.com> wrote:
> "Most acorns require repeated
> leeching over the course of hours or days. "
> My response:
> I have used acorns from white oak, chestnut oak, and
> English white oak, and
> all of them took a matter of minutes to wash off the
> tannins once they had
> been ground or zapped in a blender.
> "As for taste, "chestnuts are a real treat roasted
> eaten on their own". No one will ever say that about
> an unleeched acorn."
> My response:
> No one raves much about raw rhubarb either, but I
> have met people who were
> crazy about rhubarb pie. In fact, I don't know
> anyone who grows wheat or
> oats, presumably because they require threshing and
> grinding or rolling
> before use, and they don't taste all that great if
> you just put them in your
> mouth and chew them up. That doesn't stop wheat
> from being a major staple
> food. Apparently aronia berries are pretty awful
> before juicing, but that
> doesn't stop NAFEXers from being interested in them
> and using them, nor does
> it stop the large scale cultivation of Aronia for
> commercial use in Europe.
> I have actually read where people were asking if
> they could buy acorn
> flour anywhere, we are talking commercially, meaning
> that the equipment
> would exist for leaching the flour. Any commercial
> production of any
> agricultural product is predated by those who dabble
> and experiment in
> growing and processing the product. That means
> people like us.
> The fact is that acorns are pretty easy to
> collect or to grow and to
> process. They taste quite good in baked goods, much
> better than chestnuts
> in fact. I have 4 youngish chestnut trees and look
> forward to all the
> chestnuts I want. In the meanwhile the woods are
> full of oak trees, plus I
> have young burr oak grafts thanks to Lucky. Acorns
> may not be quite as
> handy as chestnuts for some purposes, but flavorwise
> chestnuts are not a
> substitute for acorns in other applications.
> I have room for both chestnuts and acorns. I
> have hopes for the
> chestnut trees, but fears also as the bud mite is
> headed my way. I like to
> hedge my bets, and having a nice selection of large
> nutted oak trees sounds
> to me like a good way to go. Personally, I like to
> think of us NAFEXers as
> pioneering new crops and new selections, but there
> is the possibility that
> the world as we know it may come to an end. I'd
> like to think that my patch
> of crummy clay would serve as a food source for me
> and even more so for
> people after me. I have encountered so many tiny
> Edens in my life, places
> where food falls from trees year after year even in
> this awful climate with
> it's depleted soils. I want to leave a little Eden
> for someone else, a
> place where my oaks tower and drop vast amounts of
> food, where sacks can be
> filled with chestnuts, where persimmons lie thick
> and sweet on the ground,
> where pears hang thick on the trees and huge
> overgrown blueberry bushes are
> alive with birds and small boys. Donna
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