Douglas Fir Treats

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare...
Douglas Fir Tips in Spring

Douglas Fir Tips in Spring

Celebrate Spring with Douglas Fir

Filled with Vitamin C in early spring, Douglas Fir tips offer an abundance of choices for creating delicious and healthy treats. Here are some of my favorites. Send me yours if you come up with a recipe you love!

Douglas Fir Treats

TEA: The most basic way to enjoy fir tips is as a tea. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Turn off the heat, add 1 cup fir tips and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain and sweeten if desired. Keep refrigerated and drink hot or cold.

Douglas Fir & CA Bay Ice Cream w/Oak Nut MarzipanDOUGLAS-FIR TIP SORBET (Vegan) Collect tips in the spring, when bright green in color.

Ingredients: 3 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 1 quart fresh or frozen Douglas-Fir tips plus a few extra to use as garnish

METHOD

– Bring water and sugar to a boil, stir, and turn off heat. – Add Fir tips and steep covered for 30 minutes. – Keep liquid and use a fine mesh strainer to remove tips. – Chill overnight in refrigerator. – Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. – Garnish sorbet with extra Fir tips and serve.

-by Peggy & Bob Wright @ Treats, Nevada City

DOUGLAS-FIR PROBIOTIC SODA Collect young tips in spring.

FIR TIP SODA INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh Fir tips, chopped 1⁄2 cup sugar Fliptop bottles

GINGER STARTER INGREDIENTS

1 quart jar, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp freshly chopped ginger, Cloth jar cover with rubber band

GINGER STARTER METHOD

Make a Ginger Starter (called a “Bug”) 1 week ahead. – Put all ingredients into a quart jar. – Daily, for 7 days, feed your starter 2 teaspoons sugar and 2 teaspoons chopped ginger. Keep jar covered with cloth and rubber band. – When bubbles form and start to make sounds, the starter is ready. Strain out what is needed to make soda and keep 1⁄4 cup for a new starter. For a new starter, add the starter ingredients to 1⁄4 cup reserved starter and follow method again.

FIR TIP STARTER METHOD

– Bring 4 cups water, 1⁄2 cup sugar and 2 cups chopped Fir tips to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep until cool.

– Mix 1 cup strained ginger starter per 1 quart unstrained Fir soda and pour into fliptop bottles.

– Let sit in warm location for 2 – 5 days and test for flavor. If desired, let sit longer to create more carbonation and less sweetness. Open lids to let air out of bottles once a day.

– Keep refrigerated. Strain when serving, garnished with fresh Fir tips.

NOTE This “soda” is a very good digestive aide that is also very high in Vitamin C.

-by Anna Wereditsch, LAc., Haalo, Nevada City

Douglas Fir Bough Necklace, Mountain Maidu

Douglas Fir Bough Necklace, Mountain Maidu

DOUGLAS FIR JEWELRY: Remove the needles and bend the ends of fir boughs to make circular rings for necklaces or earrings.