Looking for a simple, affordable hand-crafted gift? One that smells like Christmas and has eight times the Vitamin C found in orange juice?
Then bundle up the family and join Gather on a forest walk as we identify and harvest the fragrant needles of our coast’s conifers, i.e. Grand Fir, Pine and Spruce.
We’ll learn about the unique taste notes and nutritional and medicinal benefits of the beautiful pine trees around us. We'll then head back to a cozy spot to create our own personalized tea blends and make festive crafts for take-home.
Over steaming cups of evergreen tea, we'll wind down with stories of tree lore, crafting and a pine-inspired afternoon tea complete with Tannenbaum shortbread and warm scones served up with an assortment of Cordial Wildcrafted Consumables pine and fir infused butters, honeys and jellies. Gluten-free and vegan options available. Please let us know of any other restrictions and we'll do what we can to accomodate.
People have been harvesting Conifer needles for food and medicine for thousands of years. Today we know that they are exceptionally high in vitamin C and A, a slew of B vitamins, antioxidants and bioflavonoids, and studies show they have anti-depressant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, immune system-boosting, cardiovascular-protecting, triglyceride-reducing properties. Phew! This may confirm all the ancient claims that pine needle tea can help ease, if not cure, most anything.
And their culinary uses are also amazing. Studies on flavor compounds have identified over thirty-nine flavor compounds in pine needles and over eighty-one in pine bud/tips. There are even conifer enthusiasts (and here) who have broken down the unique taste signatures of different trees. Pine is often described as light and citrus, while the Sitka Spruce has been described as resinous and fruity, with a rosemary-like flavor. Douglas Fir is sweet with candied orange peel overtones while Grand Fir is described as having a distinct tangerine or grapefruit top-notes.
Evergreen teas can be made all year round, but the needles you use will influence the taste of the tea: young, light green spruce tips for example will yield a light, slightly lemony flavor, while mature needles harvested during the winter will create a stronger, herbaceous tea.
So if you’re interested in learning more about harvesting, preparing, drying and preserving this delicious and nutritious coniferous bounty – we invite you to join us for this unique educational and tasty event!
And don’t forget to bring an umbrella, we go out rain or shine!