Happy Texas Arbor Day, y'all!
Texas is a state that loves to celebrate and entertain, and Mighty Wild is so glad to join in on today’s fanfare. When Aline and I first set off to make acorn crackers, it was important to us that we had quality ingredients and a simple recipe. This meant that we knew we had to find the best acorns. This task was not simple.
When people think about oak trees, they often think of oaks as big, long-lived, and, of course, mighty. Despite these notions, my friend, Bill Logan, reminded me that when you look at oaks as a species, they are not the biggest – we give a nod to California for the honor of hosting redwoods. Oak trees are also not the oldest around. Bristle cone pines can live over 5,000 years. And we hate to admit it, but oak trees are not the strongest in the world. That trophy goes to the quebracho trees of South America.
What oaks are is abundant. Whenever I need entrepreneurial inspiration, my father likes to recite to me the motto of the US Marine Corps, “improvise, adapt, and overcome.” Well, oak trees are doing just that and are a role model for all of us.
Taxonomists contest that there are over 600 species of oaks. Aline and I chose to embrace this diversity and not pick just one type of acorn from one type of oak for our food products. Oak trees' flexibility and vast footprint across the Northern hemisphere is what has allowed human civilization to flourish for millennia using the oak as a food source, safe harbor, and as a utilitarian material for great innovation.
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow,