Southwest Cooking Oil: Acorn Oil from Native Oak Species Q. Macrocarpa, Q. Shumardii, and Q. Polymorpha Acorns as a Potential High-End Cooking Oil
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The oil produced from acorns (Quercus) has been consumed by native peoples for hundreds of years. It is a nutritious cooking oil comparable to olive oil. Acorn oil is not currently produced on a market scale. This project attempted to extract oil from three native Texas species; however, due to flawed methods, no oil was produced. This thesis includes those methods as well as an extensive summary of the market potential for acorn oil.