In the spring, if you live in the mountains, you can notice the young white shoots on the tops of pines. There are many types of pines, so it may be the dwarf Mountain pine – pinus mugo or pine tree.
They are harvested during the spring in May and beginning in June. I managed to prepare this recipe just as the season ended.
Their white color comes from the resin they contain. From that resin, when it is prepared, pine honey is obtained.
You may have heard of pine needles syrup before, but this is different. This pine honey has been made for generations in my region. In addition to having a wonderful taste (and the scent when preparing it), it has a healing effect too.
Used for coughs. Whether it is chronic, caused by the flu, colds, or smoking cigarettes, this honey soothes it until it is completely withdrawn.
It is not very difficult to make, it is cheap, but the boiling time is a little longer than usual due to the above-mentioned resin contained in the pine shoots themselves.
I don’t know if you can buy these pine shoots somewhere, because they need to be fresh, but if you have them around when it’s harvest time, collect as much as you can and start with the recipe.
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