Fagaceae Quercus alba L.

White Oak

Ojibwa - Food, Soup

Use documented by:
Smith, Huron H., 1932, Ethnobotany of the Ojibwe Indians, Bulletin of the Public Museum of Milwaukee 4:327-525, page 401

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Scientific name: Quercus alba L.
USDA symbol: QUAL (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: White Oak
Family: Fagaceae
Family (APG): Fagaceae
Native American Tribe: Ojibwa
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Soup
Notes: Acorns soaked in lye water to remove bitter tannin taste, dried for storage and used to make soup. Lye for leaching acorns was obtained by soaking wood ashes in water. Acorns were put in a net bag and then soaked in the lye, then rinsed several times in warm water. The acorns were then dried for storage, and when wanted, pounded into a coarse flour which was used to thicken soups or form a sort of mush.

RECRD: 452 id: 31916