Pine Needle Tea

Pine Needle Tea

Pine needle tea has been known since ancient times for its potent healing properties. This pale green beverage with a pleasant aroma and mildly sweet taste has lots of health benefits. It contains up to five times more vitamin C than lemon, rich in vitamin A, carotenoids, flavonoids and volatile oils. Pine needle tea can help:

• Boost immune system, fight illness, and infections;

• Improve health and appearance of skin;

• Increase vision strength and prevent development of cataracts;

• Kick our blood circulation and increase production of red blood cells.

Pine needles are free from gluten and are safe for people with wheat food allergy and celiac disease.

servings: 1 | calories: 31 | cooking time: 15 min | weight: 9 gr / oz
Category: dairy-free, drinks, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, vegan, vegetarian

nutrition info:

calories: 31, proteins: _ g, carbs: _ g, fat: _ g, sugars: _ g

you'll need:

1 tablespoon fresh-picked pine needles, washed and chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried lemon zest (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar or to taste

at home:

Mix sugar and citrus zest in a small zip-lock bag.

on the trail:

Cut off any brown ends and chop pine needles into small pieces to release the pine juices and essential oils.
Bring a cup of water to boil in a pot.
Remove from the heat and pour in needles, sugar and lemon zest, stir well.
Cover and let to steep for about 10 minutes.
Strain and enjoy.


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  1. Francesco on March 12, 2023 at 1:10 am

    I read not all pine needles are safe to make a tea with, and there also are trees out there that resembles a pine trees and called as such but in fact are not and are toxic to humans (like English Yew, Norfolk island pine, and the Yew pine).

    • romichkSG on March 14, 2023 at 9:49 am

      All pine needles are edible. The trees you have mentioned are poisonous, however, they belongs to other families of trees. Actually, they are not a true pines

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