The Spruce is Loose!

We collected a bucket of spruce buds up north last weekend and I cooked them up to make syrup. It's really nice with some mild turpentine and citrus notes. I was surprised to discover it's very tasty in coffee.

Not sure if this is but it is another amazing gift that give us.

@praxeology oh, you have to cook them! I tried eating them raw, but they only tasted very tart 😅

@daniel_bohrer Yeah. Simmer them for about 45 min and then strain through cheesecloth. Followed by about an hour or so further simmering with a huge pile of sugar til it turns kind of pinkish brown. The norwegian advice I was given said I could go a little longer for a darker, more intensely flavored syrup but I was a little conservative since this was my first attempt.

@praxeology Looks lovely! I've always meant to try making this. We're surrounded by Spruce here so I reckon I might finally give it a go this weekend. Cheers for the reminder!

@praxeology interesting! What are the other uses besides coffee?

@garlic_onions Put it on pancakes. Mix it with fizzy water, fruit or alcohol to make refreshing drinks or cocktails. Drip it on ice cream or custard. It's high in Vitamin-C – "the citrus of the north" – good for Nordic locovores in the winter.

@praxeology wow! Very nice! Interesting and resourceful, curious to taste.

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