Saronti Advent-Day 4 Make Your Pine Needles Tasty
Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be quite tasty, with the Pine needles being a good source of Vitamin C. Of course we don’t mean pull them off the tree, chop them up in your salad and start chewing, but use them in one of the following ways:
This infusion of pine needles can be both medicinal and refreshing. Needle tea contains 4-5 times the amount of Vitamin C than freshly squeezed orange juice and has Vitamin A too. To make needle tea:
- Grab a bunch of needles,
- Dice them up as finely as possible,
- Add them to freshly boiled water.
- Simmer for a couple minutes;
- Drink and be merry
This liquid can also be the base for a broth, marinade and even a sauce.
The cooled liquid acts as an expectorant, decongestant and can also be effective as an antiseptic wash.
Pine tree oil has so many benefits to skin and general health. Wash the needles with warm water and detergent and then lay to dry on a paper towel. Gently bruise the needles with a pestle and mortar and add to sweet almond oil in a wide mouth jar. Close the lid tightly and then shake to coat the pine needles with the oil. Store in a warm place, but out of direct sunlight.
Shake the jar at least once a day for a week and after a week move the jar to a dark location and allow the pine tree oil to age for 10 to 14 days. Don’t shake the jar during this period! Remove, shake and strain the oil through a piece of cheesecloth or fine-mesh cotton gauze.
So come January 6th don’t just dump that tree, make it continue to liven up your life. Remember though, don’t use the pine needles that have fallen as they will deteriorate very quickly and most importantly not ALL pine trees are edible- Yew trees ARE NOT.
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