Recently some friends went on an organised 'weed walk' and enjoyed cups of pine needle tea. Nikki describes it as a 'very pleasantly fragranced tea - very high in vitamin C'.
I'm keen to try this. I'm not sure how long my friends infused the tea for, but perhaps you would just want to do it to taste ... Actually, imagining the toughness of pine needles I think you would want to chop the needles up finely and leave them for as long as possible to release the taste and the healthful constituents?
Many pine species have medicinal properties, and are perhaps most notably used in cough remedies and as antiseptics. Both the needles and the bark are used.
A NZ company has recently started marketing a medicinal extract from Pinus radiata bark - Enzogenol.
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