When you’re in the woods — this could be deep in a city park, state/national park, or if you’re in a forest as part of your own property — you will undoubtedly see pine trees.

Pines, you say? You mean those trees they sell near supermarkets and on lots around Christmas? Some of them, yes. One of the more “popular” trees grown is the Frasier fir, an  evergreen    (See https://www.pinterest.it/pin/29625310030916930/)

But a fir tree is different from a pine. Pines have these really skinny, skinny, skinny leaves, thinner than a pencil, called needles. They may be 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, like the Virginia pine, or more like 6+ inches long, like the loblolly pine pictured above. The loblolly is found in the Piedmont section of Virginia and other parts of southern U. S. A.

Did you know some pines are not only edible but also drinkable, in a tea? (Which is handy if you get lost in the woods and near a pine tree out there.) And did you know the needles have health benefits?

According to healthygreensavvy.com, the needles have polyphenols, which Healthline experts say help with digestion, brain health, and protection from some cancers.

Wow. That’s impressive. Hurray for pines!

So, if you’re camping a “pine tea” treat will be good for your system. (Pine tea also has Vitamin C. WebMD says pine tea saved explorer Jacques Cartier’s dying crew in 1543 — there is a Cartier park now in northern New York state: (Go to  https://www.stateparks.com/jacques_cartier_state_park_in_new_york.html )

Not just any pine tree will do, though. WebMD recommends (you really need a guidebook to help you) white pine (Pinus strobus), needles up to 3 inches long, which are “white” on one side, thus the name! Or Japanese red pine (Pinus densiflora), with needles 3-4 1/2 inches. Also Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi).


Grab a group of pine needles, enough for 2-4 tablespoons, and chop or tear apart. Steep in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Add lemon/lemon juice if desired. If lost in the woods you can chew on them for some nourishment. But don’t swallow the needles. Do drink the tea for some energy and health benefits.

(GREAT AMERICAN IDEA)  See these guidebooks:https://www.amazon.com/Edible-Trees-practical-inspirational-produce/dp/1493736108/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3N03WCEZ49216&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.214NrSGp5yKLBWaElfhVVQk-pRyaWMf0ORu3XcZPso3O0Yk0VaEU7eow6F6Vix_-SlCliauV_CHatVwAFc8eQamxqCgkMEwifm7AENcO6_DacPuhfdvGmL6evJR5n3_zGd6QRmoWhyOqTHgBuJPuUSW6ArDrM6TsxwRCU4jXUryoRsU2olbfACaFejOX6CFs8g7-hNJfl9yOwKnmgsf38iJNibLXkjL4v5uXV56cYLc.XyA9UMWq6hOvfU1X_EYyI6-b59SiVZPTgl443VL6rd4&dib_tag=se&keywords=edible+tree+book&qid=1711648986&s=books&sprefix=edible+tree+book%2Cstripbooks%2C110&sr=1-3

Also look for these guides: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/national-audubon-society-field-guide-to-north-american-trees-e-national-audubon-society/1137713919?ean=9780394507606



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