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, cooking time: 15 min, weight: 9 g / 0.32 oz, cooking gear: one-pot
calories: 31, proteins: _ g, carbs: _ g, fat: _ g, sugars: _ g
1 tablespoon fresh-picked pine needles, washed and chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried lemon zest (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
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.