the whittlings' Pine Needle tea
by @thewhittlings aka David White
Pine needle tea is delicious, refreshing and contains more vitamin C than an orange! I make this as a warming drink when out working green wood in woodland/forest.
Crush picked needles with a pestle and mortar, or better between two stones outside. For a stronger, more medicinal tea, finely chop the needles.
Steep the needles and a few leaves of the Chinese tea in boiling water for 5min. Again, for a stronger, more medicinal tea boil the leaves first in water for 5min before steeping the tea.
Add honey to taste and remove the needles/strain. I like to leave the needles in and simply push them to the bottom.
Small handful of fresh needles from any pine tree (with needles), apart from Yew, which is fairly easy to identify. Scots Pine is my favourite.
Lapsang souchong (Chinese smoked Tea) - a few loose leaves or a teabag.
Honey to taste