Learn to Use Acorns as Food Courtesy of the Sonoran Herbalist

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Start squirreling away a stash of acorns for this event, folks. - MAGGIE MCCAIN/ FLICKR
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  • Start squirreling away a stash of acorns for this event, folks.
John Slattery, the Sonoran Herbalist, is bringing his knowledge of our native flora back to the Food Conspiracy Co-op, and this time it's all about the acorns. You might think of these little nuts as those annoying projectiles that fall from trees, ruining your perfectly manicured lawn (nature needs to stop getting in the way of your landscaping—so rude), but, really, acorns can be used as a food source for more than just squirrels and other critters.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, Slattery will lead a class showing how to process acorns to eat, and, according to the event's page:
"Acorns are believed to be the most substantive food the human race has consumed throughout our time on this Earth. If that’s so, what are we waiting for?"
The class will feature a "detailed approach" to gathering, processing and cooking with acorns with a presentation and hands-on demonstration. It will include samples and recipes like cookies, bread, gnocchi, falafel, pizza crust, crepes and more.

Slattery's "Processing Acorns for Food" workshop will run from 6 until 8 p.m. It costs $10 to attend and you can sign up for the event now through the Food Conspiracy Co-op website.

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