Sunday tea time! I'm boring myself of using "winter" as an excuse not to get out in the woods. So today I took myself on a little pine tasting adventure.
I love the idea of not only a species having a recognizable taste, but of individuals each possessing their own notes. I know, I know...#nerd . After munching on a few #whitepine needles (the official state tree of #Maine !), I decided that the individual on the northeast edge of our yard had the right combo of bright citrus, piney resin, and bitter tannins.
All pines, spruces, and firs have edible needles. All yews are poisonous, though, so of course be careful you have identified the tree correctly! I cross-referenced at least 4 books today, even though white pine are pretty easy to recognize by their clusters of 5 needles each.
I'm experimenting with fancier versions of this #tea , but for my first sample I stuck to the basics: chopped up a bunch of needles, poured just-boiling water over them, steeped for about 5 minutes, and drank with a touch of maple syrup.
White pine has a crap ton of Vitamin C (take it with ye to prevent scrurvy - ARR!) and, you know, lots of potentially unproven abilities to make you immortal and stuff. Honestly, I'm just happy to be able to (as my husband saw me) emerge from the woods in the middle of January toting a bowl of greenery bound for my mouth.
And not for nothing...but when the "New Year" vibes start to wear off a little and you're staring down a few more months of snow and ice and frozen eyelashes, it's nice to harvest something that leaves your hands smelling a little like Christmas.
#theartofslowliving #hedgewitchery #naturenerd #foraging - 4 hours ago