WATCH: Acorns are surprisingly edible. New exhibit at GW champions the ‘humble little nut’

We hear a lot about chestnuts this time of year, but in today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax tells us why it’s acorns you should really be thinking about.

From mashing to boiling to seasoning and cooking, D.C.-area artist, educator and author Shawn Shafner says he aims to get people to see acorns in a different light.

“This humble little nut is an incredibly powerful thing in a lot of different ways,” he told WTOP.

Check out Matt’s nutty culinary adventure with Shawn, and experience an acorn tasting in his video from George Washington University’s Smith Hall of Art:

Starting Wednesday, Shafner’s acorns will be on display as part of a new exhibit at George Washington University called “(Up)Root(ed),” which focuses on getting in touch with indigenous cultures.

Part of that exhibit will focus on native plants, and Shawn said he’s even planning an acorn cookout of sorts on Dec. 8!

You can register for that event online.

If you’ve got an idea for a feature story Matt should cover, reach out via the WTOP “contact us” page to submit your idea.

You can also contact Matt directly. His contact information is listed below. 

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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