Acorns (Oak)

Common name: Oak tree, English oak, pedunculated oak Botanical name: Quercus robur Family: Fagaceae (Beech) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe, north Africa and western Asia, though planted worldwide. Local distribution: Very common in the UK and Ireland. Habitat: Hedgerow, woodland and parks. Foraging season: Nuts in early autumn. Oak is the most common woodland tree … Read more

Leaching acorns

Following my post on acorns and before you run out to your nearest oak tree, it’s important to remark acorns are naturally bitter and they must be processed to make them palatable. This unpleasant flavour comes from the tannins, which can be astringent and damage our kidneys over time. Tannins are removed through a process … Read more