On the Farm and in the Kitchen
I even found a cookie recipe that uses pine needles: Pine Needle Sugar Cookies
Here is an article with 30 Uses for Pine Needles...everything from syrup and pastries to beard balm! If you infuse a carrier oil with pine needles, you can use it to make a lip balm. I am seriously thinking of doing this...just put pine needles in a jar and then fill it with oil and let it sit for 6 weeks. Voila! You have a conifer infused oil to use in making salves and balms.
Some benefits of pine needles include: lifting your mood, dispelling worry and fatigue, relieving the pain of sore muscles, relieving headaches, soothing frazzled nerves, and relieving skin irritations. I did see a recipe for a Headache Balm made with the infused oil.
The great thing about conifer needles is that they are not seasonal! You can go out and pick them any time of year. BUT...Did you know that you can eat the bright new growth at the end of the branches in the spring? They are called "tips" and spruce tips seem to be the most popular. They have a bright, citrus flavor that works well in both savory and sweet dishes. Almost all conifer tips are edible, and the only exception is yew trees. Pine and fir tips have their own unique taste, and as an added bonus, all conifer tips have medicinal properties. I had never really paid attention to tips before but the bush right by our front door always has some bright green tips and now I see it as a sign of warmer weather!
|Conifer Tips ~ From left to right: |
Hemlock Tips, Spruce Tips, Young Fir Tips, Older Fir Tips and Pine Shoots
Taken from Foraging Spruce Tips
I just love finding new uses for something that we have lots of and there are a good amount of conifer trees around our property. I am hoping to make a gallons of apple cider vinegar (from the 50 apple trees we have) this fall so I can make lots of fun, flavored vinegars next year! I just need to get some bottles and I should be able to get started. I am going to put some pics of bottles in a Facebook post later this week and would love some input!
Have an eggcellent day!