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Has anyone ever tried this? I had never heard of this until recently.

http://www.practicalprimitive.com/sk...needletea.html

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I wouldn't try this with Hemlock or Citronella!
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Yeah THAT
Sure wish the author would have included a warning more than the "positively identify your pine trees"; like, "If you pick the wrong trees it can kill you". This is much like the 'lets go mushrooming' posts where the caveat is WAY important.
But all that said, pine needle tea is Ok when yer in the bush with a need for a hot beverage and have nothing but water and a tin cup.

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I have bit into a pine needle. They are all over my place. Not sure I want tea brewed from these.

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Ahhhh, ya gotta find that nice young one with more sugar
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Yeah THAT
Sure wish the author would have included a warning more than the "positively identify your pine trees"; like, "If you pick the wrong trees it can kill you". This is much like the 'lets go mushrooming' posts where the caveat is WAY important.
But all that said, pine needle tea is Ok when yer in the bush with a need for a hot beverage and have nothing but water and a tin cup.
I kinda figured it was "just ok" when you have nothing else. I did find this info about it:

Conifers (Pinus strobus and Pinus resinosa in particular) provide year round goodness that includes 136mg of vitamin C per one cup of pine needles. Pine needles also contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. If this isnít enough, they also contain polyprenols, physterols and carotenoids and this makes pine tea a potent antioxidant health brew. The white pine (eastern and western) is so nutrient-rich it truly is a hard act to follow in the winter months for nutrients.

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All that about how good it is for for you but not a word about 'how good it is'.....
I have reflected back to the old days when scurvy was an issue, here they were, surrounded by pine trees and a likely cure.
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I imagine you'd have to add some regular black or green tea leaves to it to make it actually taste good.

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I drank a lot of Hudson Bay tea while I lived in southeast alasks. It's real good if made right. Dry the leaves and keep a big pot full of them simmering all the time. Add water as needed.

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I was watching a British show on owls and the man camped out to study the birds. He made some pine needle tea and said it was all right for an occasional drink, but did not explain what he meant by that. He did not seem put off by the taste.
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