Gathering Pine Pollen Cones — Part 2

This spring, I've been monitoring a stand of Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida) near my home, and when I checked the trees on mid-day Tuesday, I found nearly all the pollen cones at the perfect stage for gathering -- almost open.  A couple days later and much of the pollen would have literally blown away.

Photo of Pitch Pine branchlet

As with the cones I gathered last year*, I've tinctured some and frozen the rest to add to meals in the coming months.  If you've never tasted a pine pollen cone, now just might be your chance.  Look for them on the light-green, growing branch tips, and be sure to sample cones before they open, release their pollen, and dry up.

If you can't wait until the next wild crop, you can order both pine pollen and pine pollen tinctures from SurThrival.

*Those were from Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus).  The pollen cones of Pitch Pine are larger and therefore quicker to gather in quantity, and (at least this year) P. rigida cones are ready earlier than P. strobus.

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