Woodland Slush

While exploring the forest for Maple trees to tap, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Maple sap icicle dripping from a branch above. A woodpecker had pecked a hole at some point which allowed for the sweet liquid to drip down to the earth below. Fortunately, with the cold temperatures in the evening, an…

Exploring Pine

Residing alongside a White Pine & Eastern Hemlock forest, I’m continuously inspired and amazed by the abundance that surrounds me. These giants offer so much throughout the year and withstand some of the harshest conditions. Here are a few of the many ways we explored these majestic trees. Here’s more information on identifying Pine (Pinus…

Spruce Tip Ice Cream

Have you tried the new spring growth of a spruce tree? What an amazingly delicious and nutritious treat. Delightfully tender and citrusy in flavor. Of course, the taste depends greatly on the species, as some can be more bitter and astringent. When searching around look for norway, white, and blue spruce in particular. Foraging When…

Pickled Spruce Tips

Pickled Spruce TipsĀ  Right now all the evergreens are speckled bright green as they reach further out and extend their branches. During the middle to end of May all the evergreens begin to grow and display an inch or so of soft new needles. Typically munching on spruce needles isn’t all that pleasant but this…

Pine (Pinus strobus)

Pine (Pinus strobus) Family: Pinaceae Genus: Pinus Largest conifer family in species diversity 250 recognized species in the world including pines, larches, spruces, firs, and hemlock Parts Used: bark, needles (leaves), pine resin, pollen, seeds Energetics: warming, drying Taste: pungent, bitter, sour Plant Properties: stimulating diuretic, stimulating expectorant, stimulating diaphoretic, modulates inflammation, nutrient-dense food, vulnerary,…