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.