Monday, May 21, 2012

Spruce tip syrup

I'm about to head to France for 10 days so I thought I'd post one more before I leave. Expect more in June!

What: Spruce and fir buds burst in late spring (which means it's almost summer!!). I heard about spruce syrup in November while up in Juneau, Alaska. They use Sitka spruce, but I used an ornamental white spruce. I imagine that spruce syrup is a rather recent invention, following the spread of cheap sugar to the northwest. I prefer the taste of the raw hemlock buds to fir and fir to spruce. Spruce was the most abundant so I used this for making syrup.
New growth on spruce tipsNewly emerged male cones on spruce
Drying candied spruce budsNewly emerged female cones on spruce

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