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Old November 6, 2016   #1
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Default Nutrition content of acorns in compost

I am bagging hundreds of pounds of acorns, putting them through the chipper, turning them into fragments.

What kind of nutritional value do they add to the compost?
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn
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Take that nutritional table with caution, not all acorns are equal. They are mostly carbohydrates, but some are very rich in fat.

Why don't you eat them?
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Some are edible but some need the tannins leached out or they are too astringent. Without looking at the link above (yet) they are seeds and seeds usually have all nutrients needed for initial growth. I think they should be a good ingredient.
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I think I would rather leave the acorns for the wild life.
You could set off a squirrel revolt or something.

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Scott, I know what you mean about hundreds of pounds of acorns this year. There are more acorns here this year than I've ever seen. We moved here in 92.

I don't have a chipper/shredder. If I were to rake and spread oak leaves in the garden - I'd be planting a forest.
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I have yet to see an acorn here without a worm hole in it.

I also have a pecan or hickory tree sprouting in my front yard.
There isn't either one of them around as far as I know but there has to be one some place.
As there is another one or two in the woods sprouting.

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Some are edible but some need the tannins leached out or they are too astringent. Without looking at the link above (yet) they are seeds and seeds usually have all nutrients needed for initial growth. I think they should be a good ingredient.
All Quercus acorns are edible AFAK. Some raw, others need processing, which is easy. Obviously, some taste better than others, but not in the sense of bad flavour, just not much flavour. Best ones are better than the best chestnut. Simply amazing.

Some have a lot of oil of very high quality, olive oil quality.

Humans have eaten acorns for longer than wheat, and have selected them for millennia.
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