Hemlock Needle Tea Recipe

This Hemlock Needle Tea Recipe uses food foraged from the wild to make this soothing hot tea.
By James L. Churchill
March/April 1971
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Use hemlock tree needles to make this Hemlock Needle Tea Recipe.
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Learn how to make this Hemlock Needle Tea Recipe using food foraged from the wild.

Hemlock Needle Tea Recipe

Hemlock needle tea is made by chopping hemlock needles into inch-long pieces. Pour boiling water over the needles, let steep for several minutes, strain out the needles and drink warm. Makes you wonder how some of the old-timers managed to get themselves a mild case of Scurvy every winter, when easily available tea like this would cure them of Vitamin C deficiency, doesn't it?

All this tea drinking has probably made you hungry, so let's reach for some good smoked fish from our homemade Canadian smoke box.

Read more about wild food recipes and preparation: Foraging for Wild Foods in Winter.

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