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By Billy Joe Fudge, President, Homeplace on Green River, Inc.
6048 New Columbia RD, Campbellsville, KY
White Oak is a fall germinator as you might guess by viewing the accompanying photo taken in early January. The ground was frozen and the temperature was around 20 degrees.
The root sprout comes out first and in order to prevent freeze damage the stem shoot remains dormant till spring. I guess we will have to wait till spring to see if it survives.
Most red oak acrons are bitter and are not very palatable for human consumption, however white oak acorns such as this one are edible. Native Americans dried them, stored them to prevent spoilage and would grind them into flour as they needed them.
If you are going to give it a try you should know that after the root is sprouted they become very bitter to taste so gather them soon after they fall to the ground.
Incidentally, this is most probably an acorn off the "Rainwater Oak Tree" on the Lindsey Wilson Campus.
This story was posted on 2010-01-08 10:03:31
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