The Health and Medicinal Benefits of Acorns
The Jurupa Oak Tree
The Mighty Oak - Is a symbol of strength, longevity and durability. Steeped in history and ritual, the Mighty Oak does not exist without health benefits and an amazing history of medicinal uses.
The mightiest of the oaks, Jurupa Oak, believed to be 13,000 years old, resides in California and is the longest living plant on earth. The Jurupa Oak looks like a grove of several trees, but it is only one tree which has regenerated itself over millennia.
From the “Mighty Oak” comes the little acorn, food for early hunter-gatherers, squirrels and pigs, or so you think. Native American Indian tribes used acorns as one of their primary staple foods in the same way they used corn. Ground acorn nutmeat can be used to make coffee, acorn meal (flour), with their natural sweetness acorns are perfect for us in breads, muffins, cookies and as toppings for desserts, cereals and granola.
All acorns contain tannic acid which must be removed before using. Tannic acid is water soluble and can be removed by boiling or flushing.
Remove caps from acorn and boil in four changes of boiling water every 10 minutes. You bring water to boil add the nutmeats, bring another pot of water to boil add the nutmeats and repeat for two additional times or until water is clear. Once the acorns have been boiled they can be easily shelled and can be coarsely ground, dried and roasted. Save and use the brown water as a laundry detergent to wash dark color clothes and it leaves your clothes with a pleasant scent.
Cold Water Flushing Method
This method works well if your acorns are not too bitter. Place the whole or ground nutmeat kernels inside cheese cloth and secure the opening, leech in cold running water for several hours until the bitter taste is gone. Every so often drain the much water out of the cheese cloth and continue rinsing. When the nutmeats no longer taste bitter, stop rinsing. Once dried, you can roast them for use in your recipes.
Oven Drying Method
Spread the damp nutmeats in a thin layer on a sheet pan and dry slowly in a preheated 200º Fahrenheit oven, with the door slightly opened to let moisture escape.
Sun Drying Method
Place the damp nutmeats on a sheet pan in direct sunlight for several hours or until nutmeats are dry.
- Help control blood sugar level
- High in Complex carbohydrates
- Lower in fat compared to other nuts
- Rich in vitamins B12, B6, folate riboflavin, thiamin and niacin
- Minerals-calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, copper and zinc
- Good source of fiber and Protein
Save and refrigerate the brown water from the first boil for various medicinal applications. I time it will develop mold on the surface, before using, bring it back to a boil which will kill the mold and continue to refrigerate for future uses.
- Sooth skin rashes, burns, and small cuts
- Use externally to help treat hemorrhoids
- Soothes and heals the blisters and helps reduce the itching
- Brown water ice cubes helps to soothe inflamed tissues
- Use as a gargle to soothe your sore throat
- Mild tisanes to help with diarrhea
With the many health and medicinal benefits in this little nut born from "The Mighty Oak Tree", can you imagine what health and medicinal benefits the tree holds.