This post is about the spruce tip. Click "Read More" to find out what it is, when to pick it, and to get some inspiration for what to do with it in your kitchen.
During the early weeks of summer the forests of Newfoundland are exploding with spruce tips. Spruce tips are the little green buds on the ends of the multitudinous conifers gracing our fine island. The season for picking them is throughout the early summer. While they are young, spruce tips are remarkable for their texture, colour, and flavour, making them a versatile ingredient in the kitchen.
When to pick spruce tips
What to do with spruce tips
Spruce tips are overwhelmingly abundant at this time of year in Newfoundland. You can pick them off spruce boughs in early summer virtually anywhere on the island. So next time you head out for a hike, bring a small container for a few handfuls of spruce tips. When you bring them home, soak a few handfuls in a jar of water to make spruce water, Newfoundland answer to Mexico’s aqua fresca. Versatility is the theme here, so whether you use them in cocktails, cooking, baking, or salads, I’d love to know how you use them, so feel free to leave a comment below!
Written by Erik Veitch
Edited by Michael Lee
I'm Erik, the Burnt Chef. I'm a Finnish-born Newfoundlander living in Norway. I have a passion for cooking and a deep fascination for the culinary history of the North. Simplicity guides my cooking. Time, place, and history guide my storytelling. This is my personal blog about food.