Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Yes you can harvest your spruce's needles! Gather the tender young tips in the spring and enjoy a delightful lemony tea. Medicinally valuable and darn tasty too!
Here's how to collect and preserve spruce tips - the new growth on these common evergreens. The time to forage them is now, but by preserving them they can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Vinegar practically makes itself. It makes your food taste better. And the possibilities are limitless.
Three terrines: duck and rhubarb, rabbit and spruce, and Korean pork plus a couple of tips on making them extra decadent.
Did you know you can use your favorite jelly to pump up your summer jams? Here, spruce jelly gives the blues a lift.
"What grows together, goes together." Spruce Tip and Wild Rose Petal shortbread recipe. You want to make sure you are harvesting the new growth and not the old brittle needles. Use wild rose petals and not commercial (sprayed) roses.
Spruce tips are this season's must-have culinary accessory.
Christmas tree, check. Vodka, check. Bring on the cocktails!