blackgirlgenius (olamina) wrote in food_porn,
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fir needle syrup



I made fir needle syrup this summer. I'd never had it but apparently it is a specialty here in Slovenia. On a recent camping trip, my guy went hiking through the woods and came back with a bag full of fir needles.






Once home, I layered fir needles and sugar in jars, covered the mouth of the jar with saran wrap, screwed on the caps, and then left the jars in the hot summer sun for 2-3 months. When I opened the jars the smell was joyous. The syrup smells and tastes like winter and Christmas and holiday time and happiness. I strained the syrup into clean jars. A bit of sugar was hardened at the bottom of the jars so I used boiling water (both in and outside the jar) to work that sugar out and strain it. 8 jars produced 3 large jars of syrup. We are mostly using this syrup as sweetener for herbal tea, but I also had a couple glasses of pine soda using a bit of syrup and selzer.

I also found an interesting recipe using similar sort of syrup Orange Cupcakes With Green Pine Needles Frosting.

Look how yummy they are. Must try!

Tags: experiment, syrup
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