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
Brought up in north Wales, David studied visual communication before working in a series of communication agencies as designer. Starting a family took him back to rural Wales where he was able to diversify into artisan food photography and making from wood. The landscape and natural beauty of North Wales is a constant inspiration and indeed all the wood he uses is native to and sourced in North Wales. Taking a green woodworking approach to making in wood allows David a simple process - the use of a few sharp tools only and the ability to make anywhere outdoors. David makes tableware for top restaurants, and sells one-off pieces online.