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Jasmine and Spruce Tip Tea

By Sue Lau @zzazzazza

Refreshing iced tea made with jasmine green tea and an infusion of organic spruce tips is the perfect summer quencher for a hot sunny day.
Jasmine and Spruce Tip Tea

Jasmine and Spruce Tip Tea

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is for National Iced Tea month as some blogging friends and I are sharing delicious and refreshing recipes for creative iced tea.

Spruce Tips are New to Me

My recipe is for jasmine and spruce tip tea. This is the first year I have tried using organic spruce tips in food after spotting them at Jungle Jim's market. The tips are the soft tender new growth from spruce trees that are collected during the spring and the growing season.

Use Organic!

I suspect it is important and a no-brainer to use tips that are indeed organic and have not been sprayed with anything, should you decide to collect your own. I know after my exploration into these, I will be planting a Spruce tree this year, so in years to come I will have plenty of my own supply, not to mention contributing to the reforestation of my local community.

Not Just Delicious But Natural Beauty

I had planted a spruce when we lived in Waynesville but have long since moved- it grew to a very nice size. I hadn't known anything about using spruce tips then- I wish I had! My enjoyment of it then was mostly for holiday lights during the Christmas season.

Nice Herbal, Woodsy Flavor

The spruce tips offer a nice herbal, mildly woodsy flavor to the tea that pairs perfectly with the jasmine. It doesn't really taste like a Christmas tree- but it is hard to describe. The jasmine contributes to that difficulty, I suppose. But it does have those faint aromas. I loved it.

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