Posted: Sep 21, 2012 7:30 PM by Pat Shingleton
In 2010 I was amazed at the piles of acorns, against the curb, on the streets in our neighborhood. Our winter that year was much colder and last year fewer acorns correlated to a mild winter. During my exercise run, I recognized signs of increasing nuts from oak trees. I also took into consideration that Hurricane Isaac could have complimented the increase of acorns on-the-ground. In my younger years and in our backyard in Pennsylvania, the butternut trees were ready for collection in mid September. My mom insisted that we collect the nuts with gloves, placing them in baskets for storage in the basement. The nuts were excellent in her Christmas cookies. Why the gloves? The butternut residue stained your hands and was difficult to remove.