Pine Needle Tea | Fox Meets Bear

2/15/17


Pine Needle Tea with raw unfiltered honey from the backyard woods and a capful of ACV. My mouth is beyond watering! Pine needles are filled with incredibly high amounts of Vitamin A which aids in maintenance of teeth, bones, soft tissue, white blood cells, the immune system and mucus membranes. (Hello almost end of the tissue season) They have about five times the amount of Vitamin C found in a lemon so, basically a more efficient way to burst goodness inside of you which I am all about. In terms of medicinal benefits, the pine needles, cones, bark, and resin all hold medicinal qualities and potential, as well as the essential oil that can be extracted. The innermost bark can be dried and eaten, and is valued for its high nutrient content, while pine needles can be brewed as a tea or used as an infused liquid in a recipe. Ponderosa, Yew, and Norfolk Pine are all toxic to consume so watch out for those and always be sure to research your region for foraging guidelines and harvesting recommendations! 


Pine Needle Tea | Fox Meets Bear 

Bouquet of Foraged Pine
2 cups Filtered Water
1 teaspoon Raw Honey
Pinch of Salt 
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar 

Begin with heating the filtered water on the stove at a low to medium heat. Begin with your pined bouquet and separate the needles from the stem, pulling them off in the opposite direction of growth. Make two piles, needles and stems. Take the needles and chop them with a knife or herb chopper like this into one to two inch sections. Place into the water as it just begins to come to a boil. Keep at a lower heat! You want to steep the pine needles, not boil them otherwise they will taste bitter. Simmer on the stove for ten minutes. Add in the pinch of salt which expands the flavor and then turn off the heat and keep covered for five minutes. Strain out the pine needles with a colander or cheese cloth and pour tea into a mug. Stir in the raw honey and apple cider vinegar and sip the woods. 



Its become quite common around here to make this in bulk and store in the fridge for easy access throughout the week for pine smoothies or quick warm ups! Experimenting with pine this week led me to make some really interesting and nourishing recipes that I am super into and can’t wait to add to my cookbook!  Pine trees are more than just pretty to look at there are so many ways to harvest them while also protecting their life. 

 Have you tried pine? Would you try it? It's okay to say no. Do you have access to pine where you live?









I am currently living in the woods with my husband and two girls where I do weird stuff, bake and cook foraged goods and try to be an open minded human. I like to think of myself as a forager of food, whimsy, empathy, imagination, and literally my keys every single day. I'm currently writing my first cookbook titled, “Tales from a Foragers Kitchen!” coming Spring 2018. Come hang out with me over here!
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