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5 Reasons To Eat Spruce Tips & 8 Ways To Use Them

I went for a walk in the park yesterday and picked a pocketful (I did not have anything else to put them into) of spruce tips. “Why on earth?” some might ask. They taste so good and are packed with vitamin C!

When I finished picking the tips I felt I had to thank the tree, and I did. This was the best walk I’ve had in months!

I surprised my 4-year-old with a plate full of these beautifully green tips when he got home from kindergarten. Needless to say, he was at the table right away munching the tips and making a wry face when the taste got too sour.

What are spruce tips? 

The spruce buds are those tips of the spruce branches that emerge in spring. They have the prettiest green colour I have ever seen.

Why should you eat spruce tips?

  1. Spruce needles are exceptionally high in Vitamin C – frozen or dried spruce tips are good source of vitamin C during wintertime.
  2. They also contain carotenoids.
  3. Spruce buds are rich in minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
  4. Spruce needles have long been used by indigenous tribes for relieving coughs and sore throats.
  5. They also contain plenty of chlorophyll, which helps growing and healing tissues, controlling cravings, as well as transporting oxygen to cells. It also neutralizes free radicals, keeps blood sugar balanced, accelerates wound healing and bonds poisonous metals present in your body.

What to do with spruce tips and needles?

  1. I like to keep it simple and just eat them as they are or
  2. Add to smoothies and salads. For example add them to Kiwi-Avocado Smoothie
  3. Use dried tips for tea, which soothes throat and upper respiratory ailments.
  4. Use spruce needles as rosemary.
  5. Add chopped spruce tips to drinking water and let it sit for an hour or so – water absorbs all the goodies from the tips.
  6. Season your soups, pastas, stews, curries etc. with chopped spruce tips. It is also a great way to enhance mineral absorption from grains and legumes. Recipe ideas: artichoke-bean stew, tortilla bowls.
  7. Prepare a vegan oil-free pesto with spruce tips, pine nuts, basil, and nutritional yeast.
  8. Should you require something fancier, try out sautéed mushrooms with spruce tips and chives.

Some people like to prepare spruce tip syrup. However, I would not recommend it as syrup calls for tons of sugar, which just kills the benefits of those great vitamin-rich tips.

How to Pick Spruce Tips? 

Here’s how it is advised to pick spruce tips:

  1. The 100 metre rule.

    Choose a spot at least 100 metres from any roadway.

  2. How much from one tree.

    It is advised not to pick too many from one tree or even from one branch. Every tip that’s picked is pruning the tree, so that it won’t grow back.

  3. From which branches to pick.

    Focus on the tips that would be shaded anyway, i.e. the tips interior to the tree and close to the ground. If you have a spruce tree in your garden that needs pruning, you’re free to pick all the tips from those branches [source video]

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SourcesA. Kizhedath, Suneetha V, Journal of Pharmacy Research; W. Bowles, Total Health; Nutrimed, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7570650/

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  1. Do you know if spruce tips contain any sugar?

    • Hi! I don’t know the exact macros, but they most probably contain carbohydrates, which in turn contain sugars. However, it’s naturally occurring sugars that can’t be compared with manmade refined sugar.

  2. I have a book, Edible & Medicinal Plants of Canada. In the section under the Pine Family, Warning: it advises not to eat the needles and to drink Pine Teas in moderation, but doesn’t explain what is the danger of eating them. Does anyone have an answer to this? Or is the warning exaggerated perhaps?

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  4. Leslie Schabel

    Can you use the needles on the branch or just the spruce tips?

    • Hi! You could but they taste very resinous. Adding them in a smoothie would be fine I think. The tips are delicate and sour.

      • Karin C Voegele

        Are there any medicinal, topical uses for the tips?

        • Hi Karin,

          It might be that spruce tips are helpful for:
          — Respiratory Health: Spruce tips contain natural compounds that have been traditionally used to support respiratory health. They can be brewed into teas or infused into respiratory balms to help soothe coughs, congestion, and respiratory discomfort.

          — Skin Care: The essential oils found in spruce tips have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making them beneficial for skin care. Spruce tip-infused oils or balms can be applied topically to help alleviate skin irritations, promote wound healing, and provide a refreshing aroma.

          — Muscle and Joint Support: Spruce tips contain compounds that possess analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. They can be used in the form of infused oils, salves, or poultices to provide relief from muscle aches, joint pain, and inflammation.

          — Mood Upliftment: The aromatic properties of spruce tips can have a positive effect on mood and emotional well-being. Spruce tip essential oil can be used in aromatherapy or diffusers to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and uplift the spirits.

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