How Can I Cook with Acorns?

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Q: I live in an area where acorns are abundant. I know they are edible, but they have a bitter taste. Still, I came across this: "In some human cultures, acorns once constituted a dietary staple, though they are now generally considered a minor food with the exception of Native American and Korean cultures."

Do you have any info about using acorns, maybe preparing them in a way that takes out the bitterness?

Sent by DH

Editor: DH, yes — start here:

Seasonal Spotlight: Acorns

There are instructions there for leaching the tannins out of the acorns and making them less bitter.

Readers, have you ever cooked with acorns?

Related: Ingredient Spotlight: Acorn Noodles

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