Douglas Fir Tip Video

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It is truly the last chance to collect the tips of Douglas Fir, high in Vitamin C. The bright green tips offer a clue to the right time to harvest and this video provides a basic introduction.

Collecting Douglas Fir Tip Video

Douglas Fir Probiotic Soda Recipe

This “soda” is a very good digestive aide that is also very high in Vitamin C. Use a starter from a pre-prepared Ginger “Bug”.

1. Gather and chop 1 cup of the tender green Douglas Fir tips.

2. Make a Ginger “Bug”


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons diced ginger


  • In a quart size jar combine all ingredients.
  • Place a tight lid on the jar, give it a shake and allow it to sit in a warm or room temperature spot (72-80F).
  • Every day for the next week add 2 more teaspoons each of sugar and diced ginger. The liquid will begin to get bubbly towards the end of the week. If you’re using the classic mason jar lid, you will be able to feel the top of the lid for pressure or even a distended lid. Burp your “bug” if you feel the distention in the lid. Once bubbly, it’s ready to use.
  • Strain off liquid into a new quart jar and add chopped fir tips.
  • Let sit for 2-5 days, two days if the weather is warm.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Burp to let off some of the gas and pour through strainer into glasses. Serve with a small sprig of fresh fir tips.

Recipe submitted by Anna Werderitsch, L.Ac.,


Douglas Fir Bough Necklace

Douglas Fir Bough Necklace by Farrell Cunningham, Mountain Maidu

Douglas Fir is also a source of cultural art. This necklace was made of the tips of Fir branches by Farrell Cunningham, Mountain Maidu.

See this necklace and other wild, native material art at the Mowen Solinsky Gallery through June 19th.