Its 2010 and Acorns are on the menu.
Ten years ago no one ate acorns. They just fell to the ground and animals ate some of them but many of them rotted.
Now we all go for walks in the woods on beautiful fall days and collect the acorns.
Ten years ago everyone thought grinding and leaching the acorns was too much work! But a student group from Olin, following the example of Amy Smith created simple technologies that make collecting, grinding and leaching acorns much simpler and less time consuming.
Now, with the emphasis on local foods all the best restaurants have tortillas, rice dishes and deserts that all feature acorn meal. You can get acorn bread at the local bakery and I use it frequently to make delicious and protein packed waffles.
Here is the story of one person's journey to Acorn Waffles: