2013 rained acorns in September. 2014 has been meager at best.
Acorns are a ubiquitously available food for birds, bugs, and mammals. In William Bryant Logan's book, "Oak: Framework for Civilization", he proposes through compelling histories, that agrarian civilization stemmed from the availability of acorns. "Balanoculture" is society that eats acorns as a staple, and this was not so uncommon around the world at various points in human history.
Inspired by childhood fieldtrips to natural history institutions that narrate the technologies local tribal people developed to process acorns, and by this book, I became industrious with acorns in 2010. Pictured here is my nephew carefully balancing a plate of acorn cookies, from nuts we collected and processed in Wisconsin together. It was easy and fun! The neighbors loved them!
Also pictured are acorns stored by the Acorn Woodpecker, in the deep old bark of giant Valley Oaks, Quercus lobata.
Such incredibly available resource, which falls from the beautiful frames of the Oak family. In Sonoma, we are fortunate to be able to steward trees from five different Oaks: Black Oak, Blue Oak, Live Oak, Valley Oak, and Oregon Oak. More varieties are in the crevices and crags of the mountains here, "Scrub Oaks" that are smaller. Additionally, we are able to grow just about any other oak that originates from the rest of the globe in this valley. They all have different flavored acorns, and the flavors differ from tree to tree within the same variety as well.