A holiday brew: pine needle tea

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In less than 2 weeks, Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be things of the past. And so will your Christmas tree. Thus, other than briefly brightening up the house and sheltering the family’s presents, your Christmas tree will probably have no other utility. But this also can be a thing of the past. Indeed, from this tree, you can get a simple yet really comforting tea that will warm you and your family up for the Holidays.

Native Americans were the first to discover the virtues of pine needle tea, which is rich in vitamins A and C. It is particularly good for curing colds and flu.

So before merely throwing this tree out, brew yourself a cup of fresh pine needle tea!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of fresh pine needles (choose the youngest and greenest)
  • Honey or agave nectar (optional but recommended)

Method:

  • Rinse the needles thoroughly
  • Chop the needles into tiny pieces
  • Boil water. Once it is boiling, pour over the needles in a teapot or multiple cups.
  • Steep 5-10 minutes
  • Filter and sweeten to taste.

Ingrédients:

  • 3 tasses d’eau
  • 1/2 tasse d’aiguilles de sapin (choisir les plus jeunes et plus vertes)
  • Miel ou nectar d’agave (facultatif mais recommandé)

Méthode:

  • Bien rincer les aiguilles
  • Couper finement les aiguilles
  • Porter l’eau à ébullition puis verser sur les aiguilles dans une théière ou plusieurs tasses.
  • Laisser infuser 5-10 minutes
  • Filtrer et adoucir au goût.

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