Friday, January 2, 2009

Jack Pine or Spruce

The trees dropped their trimmings ...

I collected them ...

I steeped them ...
And enjoyed a selfless, nutritious and delicious gift of Nature.

Ashe. Ashe.

12 comments:

annie kelleher said...

what a wonderful way to use the pine needles that blow off!! so good to see you yesterday!!! happy new year to all the weed whisperers!!!

Moncha said...

Happy 2009 to all from the Netherlands !! I wish you a very happy, healthy Newyear !!

Pamela said...

I never new you could do that! I think I'll learn alot from your blog. :) Thanks for stopping by mine!

Your SITSta and fellow Connecticutite,
Pamela

Laura Rose said...

I did a yule basket this year in lieu of a tree. I collected pine boughs, lavendar from the garden and a few other of nature's odds and ends (all already fallen of course). I'm still enjoying it!! Never thought of a tea, though!!!

Lucas said...

Did you do a spruce trimmings' tea?
It looks good, but I never saw this before...
Have a wonderful year!!!

Walk in the Woods said...

Lucas - yes ... these trees are either what we cal Jack Pine or one of the many spruces ... I really need to verify which they are ... but I've been sipping their tea for years now.

:)

Ruth said...

Love the scent of pine. Great tea as well, especially in a pretty tea cup like yours.
Talk to you soon.
Green Blessings,
Ruth

Anonymous said...

The tea of spruce (Picea sp.), although rich in Vitamin C, results in a very bitter drink similar to a tea made from the 'Tree of Life' (Thuja occidentalis). I am unsure of how anyone could enjoy such a bitter concoction. For a much more delightful drink, I suggest the inner bark of black birch (Betula lenta) or bee-balm (Monarda sp.).

Walk in the Woods said...

Thanks for the comment Anonymous.

I enjoy the flavors of the pines and cedars ... and T. occidentalis is another that I savor! It's a matter of personal taste ... and a willingness to honor the medicine of the plant, methinks.

I do enjoy the occasional cup Betula, made from the whole twigs ... yet I've not yet developed a favorable taste for any of the Monardas ...

In any event, I don't know that I would get anything near the winter-time Vit C dose that I would from spruce or arbor vitae.

Nao said...

mmmm, beautiful.

Vina Puspita said...

Wooww...beautiful :)
great picture too :D

Mon said...

I'm now living somewhee near pines, it's been a long time since I drank their offerings.