When you look at the nutrient value of Ozark Chinquapin seed, it brings together a complete picture of why this tree is so incredibly valuable in terms of the kind of food source it was to wildlife inhabiting the native range of the trees. Bringing the tree back from the brink of extinction would create a more diverse ecology in our forests, which in turn encourages and supports healthy wildlife populations.
A 2012 Laboratory Analysis of the Ozark Chinquapin revealed that in comparison to other forest mast species, it is the most nutritious nut in the forest and usually consistent in production year to year.
Sources -Bost SGS Laboratory, 2012 -Data from Bonner (1971, 1974a) -Fulbright, Michigan State Univ. 2012