Can Humans Eat Acorns?

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Humans can eat acorns that are properly prepared. Only high-quality acorns can be used, and they must first be leeched of their bitter tannins in water.

In some ancient cultures, such as Iberia, acorns were a staple food. American Indians also consumed many of them. Over time, ground acorns have been used as a coffee during coffee shortages, and acorn meal has been used in place of grain flour in recipes.

Acorns are a dietary staple for certain wildlife, including some birds, squirrels, pigs, bears and deer. The large size makes them appealing because they are efficiently consumed, and they are high in nutrients.