Frank Giglio wrote:Here's the first round of acorns from he northern red oak. Drying in the sun, I'm hoping to at least double what you see here with hopes to get me well into summer/fall of 2018. I find the process of cracking and leaching no more difficult then maintaining a sourdough starter and incorporate this once important food into my diet as much as I can.
Ray Moses wrote:The easiest way to leach is to grind acorns into a meal with a blender and water and then pour into a colander lined with a cotton cloth, place in sink and run water through it while stirring occasionally , takes about ten minutes for white oak types, double for red oak. I drilled extra large holes in a colander just for this purpose so water moves through fast and shortens the leach time. I use a t shirt for the cloth.
r ranson wrote:The biggest problem growing it so far north is the days are too long. Cotton seems to be quite hardy with moisture and temperature variation, but it needs shorter days to be able to set the bolls.
I'm thinking of trying it with some morning shade next year. So it gets the sun at the heat of the day, but not so much light.