Abies balsamea (L.) Mill., Pinaceae
Edibles from evergreens? The bright green, tender growth on fir trees emerges in the spring, vibrating with life in this season of renewal and regrowth. The value of evergreens as a source of vitamin C has long been known to native peoples in North America. Prepare and indulge in a cup of fragrant, spicy, slightly pungent, and resinous fir tip tea. Or use a few fir tips to flavor regular tea or other wild tisanes. Sweeten with Saskatchewan maple syrup. Throat-related ailments are healed with fir tip syrup. Every spring, my Gran'ma used to make beautiful fir tip syrup - that's green fir tips turning into a bright-red syrup! Fir tip syrup makes delicious lemonade or try it as a component in an incredibly tasty glaze on grouse. Discover the delicious flavor and wonder of evergreen trees.
Fir tips are exceptionally rich in Vitamin C. Fir tip syrup alleviates throat ailments and lung congestions.
We hand-pick our wild-harvested fir tips in May in northern Saskatchewan. For those of you who indulge in edible evergreen tips, we also wild-harvest wonderfully citrusy spruce tips.