by John A. Heatherly, Author of The Survival Template
Pine trees are beautiful and abundant, while they offer the following three valuable gifts:
Pine Needle Tea – green pine needles can make a tasty tea that will warm your family’s spirits on a cold day while providing much more Vitamin C than most citrus fruits. To make the tea: simply clean a few handfuls of green pine needles; break them into pieces; simmer for 10 minutes or so; and let the tea steep for another few minutes. Simple, nutritious, and flavorsome!
Edible Cambium – the light colored inner bark of pines is called the cambium layer. It rests underneath outer bark and just above the harder interior of the tree. Cambium can be harvested by cutting a square shape in the side of a tree (please don’t damage standing trees frivolously – this is a survival skill!) with a knife then peeling away the layers. The cambium can be peeled or scraped into strips like bacon, then fried or roasted for consumption.
Nuts – Pine nuts can be harvested in the Fall and provide great taste and a lot of protein. It is best to gather them using a ladder while wearing gloves (the cones that contain the seeds are sticky.) Store the cones in a sack, and place the sack in the sun for a few days so that the cones will dry out and open up. It helps to rotate the sack daily. Cones can also be roasted by a fire or even in an oven. Once dry they will open to reveal the nuts.
Does anyone have any special experience or alternative uses to offer that involve these delicacies?
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