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Gasadalur Village, Denmark

Gásadalur Village

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Taquile Island, Peru

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Bellvei, Catalonia

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Newhalem, Washington

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Unconventional Foraging

by Stacy Dacheux / 02 Mar 2015

article-imageAcorn (Photo by Manuel QC on Flickr)

“Outside the DMV I see these Mediterranean oaks or holly oaks just dumping acorns,” Joel Robinson tells me. “Dried perfectly. So, I’m in the parking lot stuffing my pockets full.”

Robinson is the director and head naturalist of Naturalist For You, based in Southern California, and he’s no stranger to acorn collecting. “It’s one of the most nutritious foods” he continues. “As they lose moisture, the nut shrinks, detaches from its shell, and kills weevils. You can shell it with a rock. The nuts are the size of an almond or bigger which you then pound into a meal and soak in clean cold water for at least a half hour to leech out the tannic acid.”

Acorn shelling with a group of friends is preferable. Robinson continues, “Community is the driving force at this point. If we can all see that we are one giant organized community, then we can all understand how the ecosystem works-- we can learn how to live in a harmonious way.”

So, how frequently does he return to the DMV for those acorns?


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