It’s spring! And all around are signs of life. One tree which is as ubiquitous to the North Woods as the green grass that grows all around is beginning to show signs of new growth. The bright green on the end of spruce branches begin forming under brown papery scales like pine cones but rather than seeds this precious bundle contains the new growth of the tree. When these buds burst open they reveal small bright green needles that extend from the branches and grow into another limb. These early buds are said to be citrusy and can be used to flavor a variety of things including syrups and salt.
by Serena Hixon