I've never thought about collecting new needle growth for food. It looks like they're all rich in vitamin C. Do they have food value other than roughage? Will they wreck my teapot?
asked bythhq (10611)
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on December 11, 2012
at 12:19 AM
Having made pine needle tea (for the vitamin C - being one of the richest sources) and pine-needle vinegar (mainly for the taste - vitamin content is just a bonus) and having chewed on the hardened sap while hiking to soothe a dry throat - I think of the pines more as a herb or supplement than a food. No harm has come to the teapot so far after many hundreds of uses, though mine is glass which may make a difference.
The wonderful Susun Weed who I learned much about its uses from (among other wildcrafters), describes the vinegar recipe: "preserve all the vitamins found in fresh pine needles by soaking them in apple cider vinegar for six weeks. I fill a wide-mouthed jar with pine needles and pour room-temperature, pasteurized apple cider vinegar over them until they are completely covered. A plastic (or non-metal) lid and a label with the name of the plant and the date completes the preparation. I call this tasty vinegar "home-made balsamic vinegar" and you will be surprised at how much it tastes like the store bought stuff -- "Only better," say many, with a smile.
All the best with your wild explorations!