spruce needle tart
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 4:14 PM Last Post By: Weaver
Feb 25, 2013 6:52 AM
spruce needle tartThis dictionary speaks of a "spruce needle tart"
Does this food exist?
The only hits I find on google are translations into German of this mysterious food.
Feb 25, 2013 7:08 AM
1No tarts here but a number of ideas for cooking with spruce tips (not needles exactly).
Feb 25, 2013 7:38 AM
2Hi kalpea! Long time no see. Of course, I had to Google it for myself just to see what came up. I found Spruce needle vodka and tea and spruce tip jelly - which is said to be a bit tart. I would think one could make a tart with the jelly. Personally, I'm allergic to trees to I'm not eating or drinking Spruce anything.
Feb 25, 2013 11:21 AM
Feb 25, 2013 11:34 AM
4One cookbook talks about using the tips just as the tree starts growing in spring. The tips are soft, lime green and look like "small paintbrushes."
That infusion shows up in a number of recipes for "spruce syrup," which is the tips boiled with sugar & water. The tips are also used to flavor beer.
I found recipes for shortbread cookies and candy.
So glad edit is back--high in Vit. C and has a fair amount of A as well.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Feb 25, 2013 12:11 PM
Feb 25, 2013 4:14 PM
6Early colonists & explorers from Europe, who heeded the suggestions of Aboriginal tribes, avoided scurvy by drinking spruce-tip teas. I love the taste and am going to make balsam-fir jelly this coming Spring. Thanks!
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