The last couple days have been quite windy so I have been harvesting our acorns for the year. While certainly not a banner year for them, there is a decent amount to be collected.
We have both white and red acorn here on the property. The red acorns are more abundant and grow to a much larger size than the whites. Unfortunately, the red's, also have much more tannin in them that needs to be leeched out before they can be used. I am trying to get as many of the white's as I can but also collecting a few reds in case I can't get enough of the whites for our yearly use. Rather than go into big detail on what I use the acorns for and how to prepare them for use, I will refer to an earlier post I made on the same subject.
Our almond tree did not produce more than a small handful of nuts this season but since manthing has been working in South GA we have been able to more than make up for the lack of home grown nuts this year. A few weeks back he brought home a 20 pound bag of peanuts. They will be used for all sorts of things as well as for seed next year. I grew peanuts one other time, unfortunately the folks we had staying here and helping out thought they were weeds and they were all weeded out of the garden.
This week on his trip back from the South he stopped and grabbed several bags of pecans. At under two bucks a pound, he just had to! While these are still in the shell, they are an easy nut to crack and shell here at home. To buy them up here, they are close to ten dollars a pound for the luxury of having someone else shell them for me.
Later this week I will wander down to the holler and fetch a few e hickory's. Although they are a difficult nut to deal with I would like to make some nut butter with them. A friend and I are also planning a day to go collect some black walnuts along the back roads for later in the week.