It is that time of year again! Acorn picking season has officially begun and it is an exciting time for all. It is a tradition to go out into the forest and collect acorns from oak trees. There are many things you can do with these little nuts, but we will focus on what to do with them in the fall. The best way to store acorns until winter is by laying them out on newspaper or paper towels so they don’t rot before making it back home. This post contains information about how you can use your precious harvest this fall and winter!
What’s the deal with collecting acorns?
Ripe forest fruits are an important source of food for wild animals. However, fallen fruit is difficult or impossible for hungry animals to find, especially in the snow-covered landscape. By feeding purchased acorns and chestnuts to wildlife throughout the winter months, foresters and wildlife parks can prevent wildlife from going hungry. In addition, all collectors, large and small, help to ensure that animals living in the wild and in zoos can be fed a healthy diet appropriate to their species. However, today the demand for mature tree fruits is not quite as high due to milder winters and changes in forestry, so foresters now often refuse acorns and chestnuts. But the fruit that has fallen to the ground can still be picked up and given away either as a donation of food or for a fee.
How to collect modules and chestnuts
Rake for Acorns – After you’ve picked up your acorns, make sure to rake the yard before it gets too cold. Raking will be easier if there are fewer leaves for them to mix with acorn shells. It is important that they remain separate before placing them in bags or bins so their state of decay can be assessed and appropriate storage conditions assigned.
Use a rake to comb through trees in leaf litter, collecting acorns and chestnuts.
Collect leaves by hand. This is the best method for picking up fallen leaves that have accumulated into piles beneath large oak or other deciduous tree canopies. Remember to wear gloves!
What should be taken into account when collecting acorns and chestnuts?
Both tree fruits are susceptible to mold, so leaves and branches should be removed as soon as they are picked up. Baskets, buckets, fruit crates, cloth bags, and bags are suitable as collecting containers. After collection, be sure to spread chestnuts and acorns out so that enough air can circulate around the tree fruit. This allows the fruit to dry. Ideally, the fruit should be stored in a single layer in cardboard boxes or airy baskets to prevent mold growth.