Some may ask, why Acorn Coffee? For those of us who like to stay away for caffeine – whether it be for health reasons or not, acorn coffee is a replacement to rival all coffee replacements. Not only does it have that nutty, slightly bitter flavour, it also provides an array of health benefits to those who drink it.
What are acorns?
Acorns, also known as ‘Oak nuts’ are the nuts from Oak trees (genus Quercus). These nuts have been a popular staple food throughout history – in some regions it was used much like we use grains today, to make flour for baked goods. These nuts are collected from underneath oak trees and take roughly 6-24 months to mature – with a variety of different factors determining the length of time.
Nutritional value of acorns
Acorns need to be prepared in order to consume them as they contain tannins which give them a bitter flavour that can cause digestive disruptions in some people. Typically, the nuts are boiled in water to leech the tannins out of the nuts (don’t throw away the water though, it has its own uses – read on to find out more).
Acorns contain a variety of nutrients that makes them a good nutritional choice – along with carbohydrates, fats and proteins they also contain B vitamins (1,2,3,5,6 and 9), as well as zinc, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium.
Health benefits of acorns
The water that is left over from boiling acorns can be used to treat a variety of topical skin ailments – such as burns, cuts and rashes. The water has soothing healing properties when used in this manner.
Aside from its topical uses – the acorns themselves may provide an array of potential health benefits such as:
- prevention of diabetes
- improving heart health
- improving digestive health
- boosting energy levels
Why acorn coffee?
The most effective way of making the most of the acorn’s health benefits, is by drinking it as a coffee replacement. In its liquid form, the acorns nutrients are easily absorbed – making it not only a fantastic coffee replacement, but a brilliant health tonic too.
The coffee is made by first boiling the acorns for a certain amount of time, then peeling them, chopping them into small pieces and roasting them until they are in the right condition to be ground up in a similar way to coffee beans.
Other ways to consume acorns
- Acorn flour – used to make cookies, cakes, pancakes and any other baked goods
- Roasted acorns can be powdered and used to thicken stews and soups, whilst adding extra nutrients and a nutty flavour
- A flour/starch can be made from the acorns and can be used to make a type of Korean noodles
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