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


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  Mario Incayawar, M.D., 2010

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