Tree of Lite, Eastern Hemlock

14 Jun


Some of my favorite summer and fall mushrooms grow on or under this sometimes large and long living conifer known as Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga Canadensis). Today as I walked along this country road I was taken by the light of the freshly emerging needle tips at end of all the Hemlock twigs in this dark forest.


The new needle growth are actually close to an inch long at this point and are a very light green in color. Time to gather a few tips to bring home for tea as Eastern Hemlock is another one of the conifer trees with leaf needles rich in vitamin C though I can’t recall the taste of this one.


Well as you can see the heaping tablespoon of crushed needles for this tea doesn’t look much different from the boiling cup of water it was steeped in for 15 minutes and the flavour is subtly pleasant and the aroma is of a slight citrusyness. I didn’t add any sweetener or other herb today as I wanted to experience this tea on its own. I liked this tea enough to start the pursue on how other folks are preparing and storing it. cheers



2 Responses to “Tree of Lite, Eastern Hemlock”

  1. Isaac Yuen June 19, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    Do you know if you can Western Hemlock needle tips are brewable as well? 🙂

    • 1left June 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

      Isaac, Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) can be used similar. It appears this tree was important for medicinal, edible and many other uses for folks living at low to middle elevations in Alaska and B.C in the past.

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