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Trees don’t die in the winter. While most of the plants in your foraging profile will wind up dead in the winter, the trees will be there. Its so important that you get to know the trees in your area. They can do everything from feed you to heal you. Of course, they can also shelter you.
One of the most impressive and abundant of all trees is the oak. You see the oak affects the survivor in many ways. An oak tree offers many resources that are all very important.
The oak is probably most well known for its edible seed the acorn. While you might think that acorns are only the favorite snack of a squirrel, you need only look back to the native Americans who fed themselves in the Eastern woodlands.
One of the best ways to utilize acorns is to grind them into flour. The acorns should be boiled briefly in two changes of water to remove some of the tannic acid. Otherwise they can be unbearably bitter.
Oak is one of the strongest trees in the woods. It is great for building and of course for making fire. Oak trees can be massive and offer a lot of wood up to the survivor. Larger oaks offer up branches big enough to fuel the fire.
Another bonus about the oak is that it plays host to some great edible mushroom species like the hen of the woods or chicken of the woods. These mushrooms are not just edible but they are also delicious.
The mighty oak is a survivors best friend. If you know how to manage this resource you can do everything from eat it to live in it to keep yourself warm with it.
Get to know your trees and use them!