Winter is coming. With it comes the chance of catching a cold, or worse. Here’s how to make your own “Forest Honey” that tastes great and is full of Vitamin C! 🤒🌲🍯🍵
About Pine Needles:
• Large amount of essential oils
• Strongly antibacterial
• Used to treat many respiratory infections - common cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
• Smells like Christmas 🎄
• Pine needles are high in vitamins A and C. Fresh green pine needles have FIVE times the amount of vitamin C found in one lemon!
How to Make Forest Honey:
1. Gather a bunch of young, new growth pine needles. Small trees are best.
2. Rinse needles in water. Discard any brown, dead needles.
3. Bruise the needles all over to break up the fibers and release the essential oils. This can be done by twisting the needles in your hands repeatedly, or rolling a heavy stone on the needles, or lightly hammering them with a meat mallet. You could also cut the needles in half with kitchen scissors or a knife for easier handling.
4. Put the pine needles in a pot with enough water to cover the needles well.
5. Bring the pine needles and water to a rolling boil, then lower the heat to med/low and partly cover, letting it condense.
6. After about an hour, keep the water but strain out the pine needles, returning the remaining pine needle tea water to the boiling pot.
7. Bring to a boil again, then simmer, and add honey or sugar to taste, stirring frequently. I use about ½ cup of honey. Once it has condensed more and gains a syrup-like consistency, turn off the heat, let it cool, and store it in a jar or honey pot in a cool spot.
You could also do the Cold Process. Fill a large mason jar with several layers of equal parts honey, water, and pine needles with the cover on. Set the jar in a sunny spot for about 40 days, then strain into another jar with a cheesecloth for best nutritional quality.
Great with pancakes, toast, iced tea, biscuits, or eating a spoonful by itself! 🌲🌲🌲🍯