Oaks are a cornerstone of resilient wildlife habitat and human food. They feed everything from bears to squirrels to caterpillars to cows. Acorns need to be processed to feed people, but so does wheat. We make acorn bread and cookies and grits here for our family. They are one of the heartiest, most delicious foods when prepared well. That picture is of my son eating acorn grits for breakfast.
This year we only have one variety available, but will have many more types of seed for sale this fall.
Bur x Gamble Oak- Awesome hybrid oak. This tree produces huge crops of acorns at a very young age. The acorns are medium/small in size, but extremely low in tannins. One change of water is enough to leach these acorns.
Swamp White Oak (quercus bicolor)- Highly adaptable oak used widely in street plantings because of its tolerance to all forms of abuse. Swamp white is flood tolerant but also drought tolerant. Beautiful leaves are dark green on top and silver underneath, hence the name bicolor.
English Oak (quercus robur) Super tough oak tree. These are widely planted by cities because of their extreme tolerance to the worst soil conditions and drought even at a young age. Their smooth, large acorns are easy to gather and highly sought after by wildlife. They bear large crops of acorns at a young age.