Hi - I'm Jay, owner of Oaklore LLC. The idea of gathering foods from the landscape has fascinated me ever since learning about the edibility of Indian Cucumber (Medeola virginiana) at camp when I was a kid. I love opening up the world of wild foods to everyone around me - it's a topic that for most folks lands somewhere in between intimidation and intrigue, and in that way it's always enjoyable to discuss with people of all ages and walks of life.
So why acorns? The wild foods I've consumed here in New England are varied, but I have a particular interest in the staple foods that sustained our ancestors - foods that were highly nourishing, could be gathered in abundance, and would keep well for extended periods of time.
Acorns, with their versatile blend of starches, healthy oils, and protein, once formed a significant part of the diets of cultures around the world wherever oak trees were abundant - the Middle East, Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico, Korea (where they are still enjoyed today), and beyond.
They can also help fill a niche in modern diets for consumers with specific needs and goals. Acorns are naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, foraged, wild, paleo-friendly, and more. The cold-leaching process helps preserve the inherent nutrition packed in each acorn.
After years of experience consuming acorns on my own and providing muffin mixes to friends and family during the holidays, the time was right to share these creations with the rest of the world. May you all find them to be as wonderful and delicious as I do!