Although it is not a medicinal plant, wet is
included in this database because it is a central food plant in Tongva
culture. Traditionally, during the fall, groups travel to specified groves to gather the ripe acorns. The women
gather fallen acorns in large conical baskets while the men beat the acorns
with sticks, trim old, diseased branches and burn
off grasses to clear the oak lands to promote new growth for next year.
The acorns are stored in specially constructed
granaries called tsoahkah.
They are dried, cracked open, and peeled as needed.
Chemeshkwar (acorn meat) is used to make meals