Back Country Survival Tip for around Lake Tahoe. By Josh Ketcham: Mountain Survival Inc.

Pine Tea: make tea from pine needles. The needles of the white pine are very high in Vitamin C (more than 6 lemons!) and also contain Vitamin A. # Select your pine needles by picking the newest green ones from the tree. These would be the ones nearest the end of each branch, and slightly lighter green than the rest of the needles. # 2 Finely chop them until you have about 1/2 cup. # 3 Add your needles to the boiling water and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the volume of water has reduced by about 1/3. Allow it to steep for anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight, depending on how strong you like your tea. The result will be a reddish colored tea with a mild taste.

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