Douglas Fir Tea

by Mandy

douglas-fir

By Claire Tremblay
 

Fall is slowly creeping in and sweater weather is upon us. Now’s the time when I start to crave a hot cup of tea. Did you know that the mighty Douglas Fir, a symbol for Canada’s West Coast, is high in vitamin C and when steeped makes a lemony, citrusy tea?

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Port Haney, BC (1933). Photographer Unknown
 
 
 

These gorgeous trees are highly sought after by loggers, First Nations, and foragers. There are however many traditional uses of the Douglas Fir aside from its wood.  The blisters on the trunk provide an antiseptic that treats and seals wounds; the sappy resin from the blisters are great for sore throats; and the fresh buds add a lemony, citrusy flavour to stir-frys.

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