White Spruce Tip Tea

It's funny how things can sneak up on you. Yesterday I got off work ready to walk my furry four-legged companion and whamo. Two hops and a skip out the door I look up and green little spruce growth is staring back at me. And not just any spruce growth...tip growth!

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Why the excitement? Spruce tea of course. Don't worry, I'll explain. While interning on farms years back I was exposed to fir tip tea. Delicious tasting, I figured gosh darn it the growth on this spruce seemed light green and newly formed like the fir tips. So I grabbed a few from the spruce and went back to do some research.

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A quick google search and low and behold, tea-worthy they were. More excitingly the White Spruce or Picea glauca I gathered the tips from (its bark is in the photo above) were noted as highly nutritious and medicinally valuable. Packed with vitamin C and also noted as being useful for curing sore throats and respiratory ailments.

So off to collect a few more. Steep, steep and deliciousness. Lemony...a little fruity. Add a dollop of honey and you have heaven. Even my friend's 3 year old son suffering from a cold and respiratory ailments approved. It has to be good right?!

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There you have it folks. Go out and forage for some spruce tips, fir tips or any coniferous tree for that matter. It seems they are all steep-worthy. Just err on the side of caution and do a mini test with just a few tips. And to be safe...identify the tree you are foraging from and see if it's been used as a tea or medicinal before.

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As always enjoy and get out there and start foraging. The season IS upon us!