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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-17-2004, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Which tree needles taste best?

I think spruce tastes best (if you chew lightly on it). Concolor fir also tastes good. Spruce can also be used in an iced tea mix:

Make the following three concentrates, then experiment with mixing and diluting them to find the right mix:

1. Concentrated Black Tea: Steep 4 tablespoons(T) of loose black tea in 5 ounces water for 5 minutes just below boiling.

2. COLD STEEPED mint tea: Put 4T loose spearmint and 2T loose peppermint in a sealed full quart bottle of water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

3. Gather 2-3 feet of the ends of spruce branches(with dark green needles, NOT the young light colored blueish needles). Put in closed pot with 12-16 ounces water(or enough to cover needles), steep on low heat for at least 20 minutes.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-17-2004, 08:14 PM
 
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I vote for Rosemary!
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Um, no thanks. Won't hemlock kill you?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-17-2004, 11:38 PM
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i actually really like chewing on spruce needles/leaves. I've done it since I was little, when my grandpa planted a spruce tree that was as tall as me, and I was unusually impressed. Needless to say it outgrew me!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-18-2004, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Um, no thanks. Won't hemlock kill you?
That's poison hemlock, not the hemlock tree.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-18-2004, 04:20 PM
 
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I haven't tried chomping on tree needles before, something new to try! I've had juniper berries in dishes, which is very yummy. Does that count?
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