Sunday, 19 December 2010

BUSH COOKING: Pine Needle Tea

Pine needle tea is a great bush drink that is very simple to forage and make.

Servings: 1-2

Kit Required:

2 cups of Water
Handful of Pine Needles (Spruce or scott's pine)

Simply collect a handful of pine needles, then either crunch them with the spoon in the bottom of the pot, or snap them in half (this will release the flavour more) then add the water and bring to a boil.

For an even tastier tea, try using 'Birch Sap' water. This can be harvested straight from the birch tree by drilling a hole in the trunk, then placing a funnel in the hole for the sap to pour through. (make sure you have permission from the owner of the tree first!) Birch Sap can be harvested from spring to late summer, but is best harvested in the spring time when the tree is sucking up lots of water through its roots. 

Note: Do not mistake pine needles for Yew needles, as they are highly toxic!

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