It’s that time of year again where New England’s most recognized nut, the acorn, takes over. Driving down tree lined streets, walking through the woods; no matter where you are most likely you have been dodging those oak tree nuts. While we humans are busy covering our heads and protecting our automobiles from falling acorns, squirrels and other wildlife are busy storing these nuts for winter.
There are over sixty types of oak trees in New England and all produce edible acorns. A packed combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, the acorn is one of the oldest foods of mankind.
2015 is considered a “mast year” because of the large amount of acorns being produced. A “mast year” only happens every 2-5 years and scientists still do not know what attributes to the over production of acorns. A single oak tree can drop roughly 10,000 acorns in a prosperous year, making it impossible for the animals to eat all of the nuts. The more acorns left behind leaves more potential for future oak trees to grow.