You probably know that acorns are an important food source for many f our animals at Oakwoods. Squirrels, deer, turkeys and others rely on the carbohydrates provided by these conveniently packaged morsels. But, did you know they were also a means of survival for the people as well? Before grocery stores, people scoured the woodlands for dropped acorns from which they made soups, stews, and bread. To make the acorns easier to eat, it was necessary to boil them in several changes of water to rid them of bitter chemicals called tannins.