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nature school project: evergreen tea

Today we are joined by Kroka Expeditions in Marlow, New Hampshire - with an Evergreen Tea recipe.

This project accompanies the fourth story in the Martin & Sylvia: Nature School Audio Book – “The Great Gift.”


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There are many reasons to make a steaming cup of evergreen tea. The warmth alone can be the reason on a rainy day to give comfort to cold fingers and chilly bodies. The taste, especially with honey and spruce needles, is like drinking a delicious, sweet Christmas tree. As the pioneers taught us, the vitamin c is great for health and a good way to ward off scurvy! My personal favorite is spiky spruce tea but you can use pine or fir needles as well. Making this tea is really simple even little ones can help make it.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup of spruce tip

3-4 cups of water

honey to taste

How to Make Evergreen Tea

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Find the bushy branched, spiky needles of a spruce tree that can be easily reached by the harvester. The tree will likely be 10-30 years old.

Tear the green tips from each sprig and collect into a birch bark basket or other carrying tool.

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Boil 3-4 cups of water in a pot on an open fire (or on your kitchen stove). When the water is boiling remove from the heat and add all collected sprigs.

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Steep for 10 minutes off the fire in a pot or in your cup until it reaches your desired taste.

Add some honey for an extra soothing taste and serve after tea has cooled enough for drinking. This drink has a pleasant pine/lemony taste.

**(Do not consume if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)

Images for this post were provided by KC Pagano.

About the Author

KC Pagano
Sparkle Stories Media Maven

KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to attachment parenting, high needs toddlers, crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog Olive and Owl.

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Kroka Expeditions

Kroka Expeditions is a wilderness school in Marlow, NH committed to awakening in young people a connection to nature and the spirit within, and a capacity for conscious living and compassionate service. We strive to achieve this through wilderness adventure, community living, farming, and the practice of traditional and indigenous skills in Waldorf-inspired semester, summer, and school programs for ages 9-18.


About the Martin & Sylvia: Nature School Series

As the summer comes to an end, Momma, Martin and Sylvia reflect on all the things they loved about the summer season: hikes, walks along the beach, blueberry picking, climbing trees and collecting bird feathers. Then Momma suggests that they keep the summer outdoor fun alive all year long: “Every Thursday, lets have Nature School!” And so Martin joins the Goose-eye Wilderness School, and Sylvia and her friend Sophia create a Nature home-school. From wild craft cooking to outdoor games to building projects to tree identification, Nature School will be a year of unfolding learning and fun. In this Audio Book, the children learn about rock stacking, a game called “Squirrels Uprising”, making evergreen tea and wild-crafted salad! Four stories. One and 3/4 hours. Perfect for ages 4+.