Once the acorns fall, it’s easy to gather large quantities. But it’s worth the time to select only the good acorns. Thanks to Sam Thayer, here are a few things to look for when gathering acorns for your pantry.
The acorn is likely insect infested and therefore no good if:
1. the cap is attached.
2. there is a hole in the shell.
3. the shell is split or torn.
4. the top or “disk” of the acorn is shriveled.
5. the top or “disk of the acorn is separated from the shell.
6. the shell is bruised or discolored.
7. there is a dark spot on the shell.
8. there is a dark spot on the nut when the shell is opened.
Take a look at the following photos and see if you can pick out which ones are worth picking up.