The Acorn

SUPERFOOD

The Acorn for human consumption

Contented with food that grew without cultivation, they collected (…) acorns fallen from Jupiter’s spreading oak-tree. 

Ovidio (Metamorfosis) – 43 a.C./17 d.C

The Acorn for human consumption is the emblem of Montado do Freixo do Meio. It is called the «food of invincible men» because of its unique health benefits.

According to the study led by researcher Manuela Pintado from the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia da Universidade Católica – Porto, the acorn has surprising nutritional and functional features. With high fiber and protein content, has a fat profile similar to olive oil, is gluten free (making it particularly interesting for celiac sufferers), high levels of antioxidants and very rich in molecules that may help fight diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.

The Freixo do Meio was pioneer in the use of this superfood and has been the main champion of the reintroduction of this fruit in the everyday diet, by creating unique products like acorn coffee, acorn breads, acorn shaped biscuits, acorn hamburgers and sausages.

Freixo do Meio’s
Acorn Products

We pioneered the use of this superfood with the creation and production of unique products.

Dry acorn without shell

Acorn content: 100%

Acorn
Flour

Acorn content: 100%

Infusion
of acorn

Acorn content: 100%

Acorn vegetable sausage

Teor de bolota: 24%

Acorn Burger

Acorn content: 23%

Acorn
pâté

Acorn content: 15%

acorn cookies

Acorn content: 15%

fermented acorn

Acorn content: 100%

Acorn
bread

Acorn content: 10%

acorn
cornbread

Acorn content: 10%

Lusitano
soup

Teor de bolota: 9%

Vegetarian Alentejo burger

Acorn content: 6%

acorn honey

From the flowering of the holm oak

These and other products are available at our shops.

TESTIMONY

The diet becomes richer with the inclusion of the acorn

I took part on the second Acorn National Week at Montemor-o-Novo in March 2017, where I had the opportunity (pleasure and happiness) of tasting acorns transformed into all types of food (sweet and savory), from chocolate bonbons with acorn, to various types of cookies and cakes, acorn mousse, acorn “migas”, roasted and stewed meat with acorn, fermented acorn, toasted acorn, and so on.

Personally, I use the acorn to produce all types of bread (Lusitanian, alentejano, corn bread with acorn). I introduced acorn powder into the sweet “broínhas” also known as Easter “broínhas” (a traditional sweet from Matosinhos).

We can say that fresh acorn can be used in all manner of cooking – boiled, puréed, roasted, stewed, even caramelized like we do almonds, and so on.

It is my belief and hope that the goodness of the acorn and the food it makes will be a major contribution to human feeding and the preservation of the planet.

 
José Luís Araújo

José Luís Araújo

Grão Mestre da Confraria Ibérica da Bolota

Recipe ideas

Would you like to try this superfood but don’t know how to cook it?
Here are some handy recipes with acorn.

Fry a good meat sausage cut into slices in a drizzle of olive oil. Remove and add 100g of acorns, which are sauteed in this fat with sea salt and thyme to taste, just for a few minutes.

Join the chorizo and serve the appetizer.

Recipe given by chef Pedro Mendes from his book “Renascer da Bolota”

Ingredients

  • BIO acorn crumb (crushed dry acorn without husk)
  • 1 organic onion
  • 2 biological garlic cloves
  • Organic olive oil thread
  • Freixo do Meio homemade tomato sauce Bio 
  • Organic cabbage of the time
  • Artisanal sea salt and pepper q.b
  • BIO chopped coriander

 

Preparation mode

Start by separating the cabbage leaves, removing the thicker stalks. Wash them and drain well. Overlap the sheets, roll them and beat them with the rolling pin to break the fibers. Cut them into strips and blanch for 15 minutes in boiling water.
Chop the onion and garlic and sauté them in a skillet in very hot oil. Then add the homemade Freixo do Meio organic tomato sauce, as well as the drained cabbage. Season with salt and a little pepper.
Add acorn crumb and fold for 5-10 minutes until ingredients are bound. If necessary add one or two tablespoons of the broth from the cabbage cooking. Add the chopped coriander and shape the migas with the help of two spoons.

 
 
 

Sopa bio do Lusitano

Ingredients

  • 1kg potatoes BIO
  • 500g BIO carrots
  • 1 courgette BIO
  • 200g BIO onion
  • 50g BIO garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of Freixo do Meio olive oil BIO
  • 400g dry acorn of the Middle Ash
  • 1 spinach BIO sauce
  • artisanal sea salt


Preparation mode

Soak the acorns the day before and make three water changes. After this process, boil the hydrated acorns in boiling water for 1 hour.
In another pan, cook the potatoes, carrots, zucchini, onions and peeled garlic for 20 minutes. After the vegetables are cooked, add the previously cooked acorn. Grind everything with the magic wand. Add the oil and spinach leaves. Cook until cooked through (8-10 minutes) and serve.

Brownie de Bolota

Ingredients

  • 8 biological eggs
  • 360 g margarine
  • 300 g of sugar
  • 200 g acorn flour
  • 400g dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast



Preparation mode

Separate the yolks from the whites. Beat the sugar with the yolks. In another container, add the dark chocolate with the margarine and heat in a bain-marie. After the dark chocolate is melted, add the egg yolks and sugar. Mix and add the acorn flour and finally the beaten egg whites. Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in a preheated oven at 180°C for 40 minutes.

Make a classic saute with olive oil, onion and minced garlic and bay leaves.

Fry the gizzards in this preparation, seasoned with salt and pepper. Add two tablespoons of peeled tomatoes and a glass of white wine. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes over a low heat.

Sauté the sea salt seasoned acorns until golden and add the gizzards, just before serving.

Recipe given by chef Pedro Mendes from his book “Renascer da Bolota”

In an oven tray, place 10 cl of good oil, 6 cloves of crushed garlic, a bunch of rosemary and a bunch of fresh thyme. Place the 8 quails seasoned with salt and pepper and sprinkle with dry Port.

Place in a preheated oven at 180º for about 15 minutes.

Serve with acorns sautéed in good oil, sprinkled with sea salt and rosemary.

Recipe given by chef Pedro Mendes from his book “Renascer da Bolota”

The sugar is put on the fire until it reaches the sweet point, and, patiently, each acorn is involved, which it removes and cools.

Recipe given by chef Pedro Mendes from his book “Renascer da Bolota”

400g of cooked acorns are crushed. Add 100g of corn flour, 15cl of sugarcane honey and an organic egg.

On a baking tray, spoon them on top of a silicone blanket or greased parchment paper, and place them in a heated oven at 200g, for about 12 minutes.

Recipe given by chef Pedro Mendes from his book “Renascer da Bolota”

Bolo de Bolota

Ingredients

  • 6 biological eggs
  • 300 g sugar
  • 260 g wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast
  • 100 g acorn flour
  • 180 ml olive oil
  • 180 ml milk
  • Organic lemon zest q. B.


Preparation mode

Separate the yolks from the whites and beat the whites into castle. Add the egg yolks with the sugar and stir until it becomes a smooth mixture. Add the oil and mix well. Then add the flour and yeast and add the milk until it becomes a creamy dough. Scrape a little of the rind of a lemon and add to the mixture.

Place in a preheated oven at 180°C for 40 minutes.

Queques de Bolota

Ingredients

  • 10 eggs
  • 360 g sugar
  • 350 g wheat flour
  • 10 g yeast
  • 100 g acorn flour
  • 180 ml olive oil
  • 240 ml milk
  • 12 g organic lemon zest

Preparation mode

Separate the yolks from the whites and beat the whites into castle. Add the egg yolks with the sugar and stir until it becomes a smooth mixture. Add the oil and mix well. Add the flours with the yeast and add the milk until it becomes a creamy dough. Scrape the peel of an organic lemon and add to the preparation. Finally, put the preparation in muffin molds.

Place in a preheated oven at 180°C for 40 minutes.

 
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Tomato Pulp

Tomato Pulp 1L BIO

4,70€

Handmade organic tomato pulp made exclusively from the best and most mature “chucha” tomatoes from the garden of the Montado do Freixo do Meio, manually selected to ensure the best quality.

Natural vegetable preserves produced by heating and grinding the tomato pulp.

No added colorants and preservatives.

Ingredients: Tomato (100%) from organic agriculture.

How to preserve: Store in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight; Once opened, store in the refrigerator and consume within 3 days.

Suggestion for use: Shake before using. Cook before using. It is ideal for preparing a homemade sauce. Just add the seasonings you prefer and leave the sauce to your liking, in simple and quick meals with pasta and vegetables.

Vegan, organic and gluten free food

Alentejo's Bread

Rustic Alentejo bread made with wheat flour, with natural yeast (bait) and baked in the wood oven at Herdade do Freixo do Meio.

Alentejo’s Bread 1kg BIO

3,20€

Fruit

The fruit quota has a variable composition determined by Herdade do Freixo do Meio, so it is not possible to request changes to it. The composition of the quota will be from the producers José Carlos Ferreira (FRUBIO – Mafra) and Gertrudes e Francisco (BIODAMASCO – Serpa), certified in organic production mode.

Seasonal fruit BIO

6€

Varieties

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Eggs from laying hens raised outdoors at the Egg Temple – Herdade do Freixo do Meio. Our hens live without stress, are adapted to the place where they live and have a balanced diet, rich in nutrients and minerals. This well-being is reflected in the quantity and quality of the eggs they offer us, especially in the protein composition of the egg white.

Box of 1/2 dozen chicken eggs from Agroforest BIO

2,50€

Pasteurized Milk

From Quinta Anema in Lavre (municipality of Montemor-o-Novo).

Pasteurized Milk 1L BIO

3€

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From Quinta Anema in Lavre (municipality of Montemor-o-Novo).

Raw Milk 1L BIO (Without any pasteurization or homogenization)

3€

Young Gouda Cheese

From Quinta Anema in Lavre (municipality of Montemor-o-Novo).

Product produced from raw milk, organic, without any pasteurization or homogenization, through traditional methods and equipment. The process is totally legalized – it has the Organic Agriculture certification and the CSS seal.

450 grams of cow cheese (young) BIO

6€

Soup

The soup quota is determined by Herdade do Freixo do Meio, so it is not possible to request variations to it (with the exception of changes due to dietary restrictions).

Soup (Alternately: vegetable / broth / lusitanian)

3,6€

Varieties

Acorn Bread

Acorn bread made with wheat flour, acorn crumbs harvested in our montado and live and natural yeast (bait or mother/leaven dough) and baked in the wood oven at Freixo do Meio.

Acorn Bread 1kg BIO

3,20€

Acorn Flour

250 gr Acorn Flour BIO

3,60€

Fine flour 100% acorns. Obtained from selected acorns (from holm oak and cork oak) manually harvested in Freixo do Meio forest and dried in a traditional drying reed – ancestral system used to dehydrate/dry different agricultural crops. Biological food, vegan and gluten free. Antioxidant, prebiotic and anti-inflammatory.

Chicken from Agroforest

Chicken carcass with 2,2 Kg (approximately)

26,40€

1/2 Chicken Carcass with 1,1 Kg (approximately)

13,20€

Veal

Animals raised outdoors in Herdade do Freixo do Meio, in the middle of the cork oak forest, according to the concepts of Agroecology. Fed by pasture and horticultural remains of the Herdade itself.

500 grams of BIO Veal Burgers / BIO Beef Minced Beef (sent alternatively)

7,20€

500 grams of Veal (sent alternately)

11,20€

Varieties

Black Pork Meat

Animals raised outdoors in Herdade do Freixo do Meio, in the middle of the cork oak forest, according to the concepts of Agroecology. Fed by pasture and horticultural remains of the Herdade itself.

500 grams of BIO Black Pork (sent alternately)

9,30€

Varieties

500 gr de Bifanas de Porco BIO

10,20€

500 gr de Secretos BIO

8,30€

500 gr de Bifes do Cachaço sem Osso de Porco BIO

10,95€

500 gr de Rojões de Porco BIO

8,65€

500 gr de Entrecosto de Porco BIO

4,95€

Meat Pastries

These tender pastries are handmade in the vegetable processing unit of the traditional Montado do Freixo do Meio (one of our 7 micro-factories).

6 UN Meat Pasties (Frozen)

7,50€

Varieties

Vegetarian Burgers

6 UN Vegetarian Burgers BIO (Frozen) (Shipped alternately)

4,85€

Varieties

Vegetarian Pies

6 ONE Organic Vegetarian Empanadas (Frozen) (Shipped alternately)

9,45€

Varieties

Sausages and Charcuterie

6 UN Sausage Freixo BIO

6,85€

Delicious organic sausage made from beef with spices, following the Austrian tradition. Smoke curing treatment and subsequent cooking. Slightly spicy. Ingredients: Beef (53.65%), Water (23.02%), Black pork bacon (19.51%), Mutton casing (0.73%), Preservative – Sodium nitrite (1.25%), Spice mix (0.59%), Raphos C* (0.59%), Salt (0.66%).

6 UN Salsicha Frankfurter BIO

6,85€

The Frankfurter sausage was developed in Herdade do Freixo do Meio by Maria Fuchs respecting the ancestral Austrian tradition of sausage making. Smoked and cooked sausage, based on veal and pork, from our own organic production. Ingredients: Pork (33.63%), Beef (19.22%), Water (22.68%), Black pork bacon (17.78%), Lamb tripe (2.21%), Potato starch (1.44%), Preservative – Sodium nitrite (1.23%), Spices (0.58%), Raphos C* (0.58%), Salt (0.65%).

1 UN Acorn Vegetable Sausage BIO

3,80€

100% vegetable, organic and gluten-free sausage based on acorns harvested in the Freixo do Meio forest and a touch of spices. Aromatic and versatile in use, it can be used as an alternative to the traditional chorizo in vegetarian bean stews, stews, sautéed vegetables or mushrooms. Ingredients: Acorns (24%), Chickpeas (13%), Carrots (12%), Water, Olive Oil, Paprika, Onion, Coriander, Garlic, Salt, Cumin and White Pepper – organically produced ingredients.

Fresh Vegetables

Basket of approximately 5 assorted seasonal vegetables and herbs

20€

1/2 a basket of approximately 5 assorted seasonal vegetables and herbs

12€

Potato BIO • 1 Kg

2,20€

Onion BIO • 1 Kg

1,95€

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2,90€

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2,45€

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2,45€

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9,60€

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