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multicolored acorns

This year some of the white oaks, whose acorns are less full of tannin than those from red oaks, are making lots of nuts! These nuts are practically edible out of hand. They don't make your mouth go all fuzzy the way red-oak acorns do (at least, the red-oak acorns from the trees around here). I've been nibbling on them--they're nice, though I hesitate to eat lots raw.

I'm going to try to make another acorn cake.

They're so pretty in different stages of ripening--multicolored. Here are some in a bowl:


And here are three pretty ones. Look how the one on the left is positively *red* down at its tip:

multicolored acorns

This one's wearing so many colors, it's like an acorn jester:

multicolored acorn



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Sep. 18th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure about eating acorns off my white oak trees but this is the first year they've produced any so I might give a few of them a nibble.
Sep. 18th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
I found myself thinking, hey, this is really pretty much edible (as opposed to, this will be lovely once I've leached the hell out of it).
Sep. 18th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
They are lovely, such rich color!
Sep. 18th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
A treasure^_^
Sep. 18th, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
They look like little planets. Their tree would be like a whole galaxy of planets, and all the trees in the neighborhood, like a universe - one of infinitely many many more universes-es. Like you, asakiyume-e: a universe of ideas.
Sep. 18th, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh I love your idea of a tree galaxy. I'm going to think of that now, when I look at an oak tree all laden with nuts.
Sep. 18th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Those are quite beautiful. When I lived in Nashville, I think the acorns I picked up were all brown.
Sep. 18th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
I think a lot depends on when you pick them up--at first when they fall, a lot of them are green--and then later, they're brown. It could be that the trees near you hung onto more of their nuts until they were ripe, or that you noticed them more when they were brown.
Sep. 18th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake! :)
Sep. 18th, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC)
They're so pretty in different stages of ripening--multicolored.

They look like carved beads.

This one's wearing so many colors, it's like an acorn jester

That image has made something go off inside my head, but it may take me a little while to get to it. Thank you all the same!
Sep. 18th, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
They do! Something to give a child to string.

I look forward to whatever comes to you--whenever it comes--from that line.
Sep. 18th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
Funny how acorns and you are inextricably connected in my mind now. :P
Sep. 18th, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm pleased with that association! (Rather like I associate you with, among other things, milkweed.)
Sep. 18th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
...like an acorn jester...

Now I want to see that Lear!

Sep. 18th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
An ancient acorn ... and a true nut. (ouch...)
Sep. 18th, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
The bowl of acorns looks so festive! Like for a harvest festival.
Sep. 18th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
The early fruits of autumn. And just now I'm back from picking Concord grapes from the side of the road--it really does feel autumnal.
Sep. 19th, 2014 11:33 am (UTC)
So pretty.

I've been discovering autumnal treasures myself in central Europe!
Sep. 20th, 2014 12:34 am (UTC)
I must come take a look at your pictures!
Sep. 19th, 2014 01:13 pm (UTC)
:) Sounds good! Have you tried beech-nuts?
Sep. 20th, 2014 12:34 am (UTC)
I never have, though I hear that they're edible. Have you?
Sep. 21st, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
No, I've never been near a beech at the right season. But I've heard they much more likely to be appealing to human taste than acorns, which I have nibbled on, but... errr... without actual delight. ;)
Sep. 21st, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
One day I'll give you a slice of acorn cake--that'll nudge your impression up to delight ^_^
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Sep. 20th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
No, I did peel it. The outer shell is really tough and fibrous, and not at all edible-seeming, but the inside had the consistency of an almond.

These particular ones are not so large--the red-oak acorns are larger, but I don't think they're larger than they were last year. Maybe you guys just had excellent acorn-growing conditions!
Sep. 19th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
acorn bombs
We have a metal roof. The Oak tree in our front yard has been randomly bombing us for weeks.
The dogs have finally got the picture and no longer bark with each falling acorn "Crack".
Sep. 20th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: acorn bombs
Jolly good that the dogs have adjusted to the sound of the acorns dropping, because to have the ping-pinging of the acorns *and* the barking of the dogs would be likely to test your sanity!
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