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Acorn Grinding Stone and Pestle - Mariposa County

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Posted 4 years ago


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This is a Miwok or Maidu acorn grinding stone and pestle. i picked it up at the Alameda Fleamarket yesterday. I've always wanted to find a large one of these for the garden.


  1. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 4 years ago
    from now on i want to find a large one of these for my kitchen
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Really nice find & appears original. Have to be desperate to eat ground acorn meal but understand it was a staple in hard times.
  3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    thanks getthatmonkeyoutofme and blunderbuss2! this piece is quite a bit larger than it looks like. it's difficult to lift. acorn bread is pretty good. i like it.
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Never tried it as I'm not desperate. As a kid, tried tasting one & was horrible. Maybe as flour? Maybe mixed with pecans etc.. Probably better to throw the acorn part away & eat the pecans. LOL
  5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    some acorns are sweeter than others, and it's necessary to process them before eating them or you're likely to tan your insides!
  6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    That's right, they were used for making tannic acid.
  7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    leaves and bark were used more than acorns, but same idea... most acorns were too valuable as food to use for other things. some oaks have very good, 'sweet' acorns which make really decent acorn bread. it's a little bit heavy, but i like it alot.
  8. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 1 year ago
    thank you olebodie! that is very interesting. no, this piece has not worn through.
  9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 11 months ago
    here's another one for SpiritBear.
  10. rockbat, 5 months ago
    Nice, it looks like it stated out as a flat grinder, is that Metate ? Then when it got deep it was a mortar. Vey nice.

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