A few months ago, at Whole Foods, we bought a canister of Juniper Ridge's Douglas Fir Spring Tip tea. We hadn't tasted, or even smelled, the tea, but we were seduced by the packaging and a romantic description of "summer mountain meadows." Since then, this tea has become one of the most popular drinks among guests at our home and we go through multiple canisters a month! The caffeine-free tea contains only one ingredient: Douglas Fir needle tips, sustainably wild harvested in the Pacific Northwest. It may be served hot or iced and the flavor is bright and lemony, with an intoxicating evergreen aroma. We particularly like it cold-brewed, and it's so refreshing in the afternoon or with a light spring/summer dinner.
Friends rave about the tea every time we serve it and a recent houseguest was caught taking a whiff from the canister several times a day. We didn't mind; we do the same!
Have you had this tea? Or do you forage your own fir tips?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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