Birds love them, deer, bear, squirrels, and woodpeckers too. In Japan and Korea some people eat acorn products daily for a low calorie source of protein, carbohydrates, and essential minerals. I am always happy to find new foods. Acorns are a new one on me. I walked over to little Korea on W. 32nd street and
Han Ah Reum Supermarket, which I will feature October 8th on our NY Open Center luncheon walking tour.
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I bought a plastic container of acorn jelly sold next to the tofu. (Some Koreans call it acorn tofu.) Before you raid the yard near your oak tree, acorns must be soaked for several days to eliminate irritating tannins before they may be consumed by humans. The acorns are then dried, powdered into flour, and cooked for over an hour to make acorn jelly. The “jelly” more like a thick Jello is brown, bland, cold, and usually fixed with scallions, lite soy sauce, and a few drops of sesame oil. It’s nourishing and filling enough to be a weight loss health food.
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