Fagaceae Quercus dumosa Nutt.
California Scrub Oak
Luiseno - Food, Staple
Use documented by:
Sparkman, Philip S., 1908, The Culture of the Luiseno Indians, University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 8(4):187-234, page 194
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Scientific name: Quercus dumosa Nutt.
USDA symbol: QUDUD (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: California Scrub Oak
Family (APG): Fagaceae
Native American Tribe: Luiseno
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Staple
Notes: Stored acorns pounded in a mortar and pestle to make a flour. Several methods were used to remove the bitterness from the acorn meal. The meal was either leached with hot water, placed in a rush basket and warm water poured over it or placed in a sand hole and warm water poured over it to soak away the bitterness.
RECRD: 30776 id: 32015