My forest has exploded!
It now has large patches of Lily of the Valley flowers, soft purple and white lilacs and the pine trees are coming alive once again.
When riding the other day, and without thinking I starting nibbling on a pine bud. They have a high content of vitamin C and minerals and is supposedly good for you digestion I later found out but I just like to be able to have a snack while riding and I noticed that the smaller the tastier. Some people put them in bread, make tea, sirup or even flavor ice cream with them.
You can even make CIVIL WAR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
1 handful wintergreen leaves
Sassafras root, cut up
1/2 handful pine buds
1 handful hops [see note]
1 and 1/2 pint molasses
1 to 1 and a half cups homemade yeast [2-3 packets or cakes commercial yeast]
Or you can go the South Korean way and just drink a pine bud flavored drink:
Including a Lonely Planet review, just in case.
Soft drink discovery of the day: some might think it too reminiscent of bathroom cleaning supplies or freshener, but I was quite taken with the sweetened walk-in-a-pine forest taste of Solhinun – a pine bud drink. My guide bought it for me try and translated the marketing slogan on the can as “feel fresh from your mouth to the top of your head,” which I kind of did – it’s certainly a good way to refresh after a sweaty walk on a hot and humid day.