One of the few acorns that has a mild flavor and can be eaten raw. Selected from a putative cross done by "Mr. Oak" Miguel Marquez of bur oak and Holly oak: two species that are often used for acorn flour and other edible acorn selections. For several years, I taste tested with others this wonderful selection with others who have visited my farm. Everyone says the same thing: this acorn has flavor! There is very little astringency in the acorn. This variety like Manna can be grafted to a bur oak rootstock for best results or acorn grafted using the acorns I am sending.
Trees tend to have thick large leaves and tend towards the bur oak end of the spectrum. No weevils are found in the acorns. Nutty is crossed with other ilex and bur oak hybrids nearby making it a valuable tree for growing out its seedlings as well as grafting. Its unique flavor is really quite different than other acorns available. Even those who are not edible acorn fans and I have coaxed into eating one found it pleasant and distinct.
This variety is not currently available in the nursery industry. No company has expressed interest in propagating it but this package will allow you to do just that. Plus the seedlings can create new varieties as well as provide rootstock for your grafts. The acorns of Nutty are very low in number but I will give you at least 10 acorns of Nutty and the remainder will be Manna oak acorns. Purchasing this variety will also allow you to distribute it should you have the ambition to grow it commercially if you like me think there is a future in the edible acorn.
Package comes with 20 acorns 10 of Nutty and 10 of Manna. Each package will be labeled separately. The scion wood will come as at least 2 sticks of the Nutty variety. These can be nut grafted or grafted onto rootstock and will be dormant and sent along with the acorns. The acorns are refrigerated here to prevent decay. Some have sprouted a little.
To germinate the acorns: the acorns are currently germinating and some roots already out of the shell. But not all of them. To unify the germination and fulfill the dormancy put your acorns in the refrigerator with a moist paper towel and store for roughly 60 days. Remove the towel and put it a new one if mold is developing. If that happens, take them out and wash them thoroughly before putting them back. The acorns have not been dried and have enough inherit moisture to store like they are without the addition of a lot of soil. So if you decide to add some peat moss to them to store, that is fine but careful about adding to much moisture to the bag.
|Genus & Species||Quercus x macrocarpa x ilex sp. ballota -Grown from ballota acorns as the parent tree.|
|Hardiness||-25 F or more|
|Pollination Requirements||Likely self fertile but additional Bur oak, bur oak hybrids or seedlings of itself will create a greater yield.|
|Soil||Adapted from heavy loam to sand|
|Ease of Cultivation||Transplants well. Medium growth rate. Fruits quickly in 4-8 years from seedling when trees reach 6-12 ft, tall. This is a good seedling to grow for its low tannin acorns much like schuettes oak. The hybrids from this cross are vigorous and branch at a young age which usually is a good sign that the plants will fruit at a young age.|