Amazing Facts

Acorns Are True Nuts

Acorns are true nuts, and are the fruit of the oak tree.

Some varieties are unpleasantly
astringent and only suitable as food in time of famine.  Other
varieties, such as several growing in the Mediterranean area,
are sweeter and some are considered comparable to chestnuts,
especially in Spain and Portugal.

   In Cervantes’ Don Quixote, the Duchess wrote to Sancho
Panza’s wife:

“They tell me there are big
acorns in your village; send me a couple of dozen or so,
and I shall value them greatly as coming from your hand...”

  1. Balanophagy is the practice of eating acorns.

  2. According to Greek legend, acorns
    were a staple food of the Golden Age. They were used as an
    inferior coffee substitute during the American Civil War.
    Today they are used mostly to fatten hogs.

  3. There are over 450 varieties of
    acorn, many of which have been used for food. They are
    native to all continents except Australia.

  4. There are 262 people in the U.S.
    listed on with the last name 'Acorn'

  5. Acorns are high in carbohydrates, and
    were used as food primarily during times of famine. They are
    an important source of food for local wildlife.

  6. In 1945 Japan organized school
    children to gather more than 1 million tons of acorns to
    make into flour due to dwindling stocks of rice and wheat.

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