Spruce Tip Syrup

Spruce Tip Syrup

I learned about pine tip syrup and spruce tip syrup on a wild foods walk a few years ago. Since then, I’ve made the spruce tip syrup several times because I have lots of spruce trees on my property. You need to make this in the spring when the new growth emerges from the ends of the branches—the light green tips.

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The flavor has been described as citrus-y, and I think that’s accurate. It smells like a Christmas tree while brewing, but the flavor of the final product is closer to a lemon.

Spruce Tip Syrup

Bring to a boil 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar. Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups fresh spruce tips. Cover and let sit over night. Strain through a coffee filter into clean jars. This should keep for 3-4 months in the refrigerator.

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I mix the syrup with seltzer water, ice, and a squeeze of lemon juice to make a refreshing summer drink. It’s great on a hot day. You could probably use the syrup to flavor just about anything you cook. I bet it would taste great poured over sponge cake.

 

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3 Responses to Spruce Tip Syrup

  1. Pingback: Spruce Tip Poundcake | My Edible Backyard

  2. Victoria says:

    I have a Blue spruce and two Alberta spruce , can the tips of them be used?

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