Oak trees are not often thought of in terms of providing human food in our country, but were once a subsistence crop for many people in Europe. Oak trees yield acorns which can be boiled and baked, and the best varieties can actually be quite sweet and acceptable as a dish. Otherwise, pigs absolutely love acorns and are fattened on them, and even free ranged under oak trees, with great success.
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Out of stockPin Oak or Quercus robur fastigiata - tall narrow form of the oak tree, columnar in shape, pin oak is very popular in street plantings, producing large quantities of acorns
Out of stockPortugese Oak stemming from Portugal portugese oak
Red OakQuercus rubra, Red Oak - broad, rounded, spreading, symmetrical crown, dark green leaves turning red to golden brown in autumn, a stunning display, acorns 2.5cm long in autumn
English OakQuercus robur, English Oak - broadly rounded open head, will grow to a large tree in optimum conditions, dark green to bluish green foliage, turning yellow then brown in autumn, with leaves persisting on branches into winter, acorns 2.5cm long
Turkey OakQuercus cerris - the Turkey Oak comes from the Mediterranean area and was used for food in Spain, Portugal and Algeria. Its acorns are considered the most edible of all acorns