Norway Spruce (Picea abies Boehmerwald) 50 Seeds
Neutral to very acid soils
Low fertility ok
Why should you eat spruce tips?
Spruce needles are exceptionally high in Vitamin C – frozen or dried spruce tips are good source of vitamin C during wintertime. They also contain carotenoids.
Spruce buds are rich in minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
Spruce needles have long been used by indigenous tribes for relieving coughs and sore throats. They also contain plenty of chlorophyll, which helps growing and healing tissues, controlling cravings, as well as transporting oxygen to cells. It also neutralizes free radicals, keeps blood sugar balanced, accelerates wound healing and bonds poisonous metals present in your body. What to do with spruce tips and needles? Eat them as they are or add to smoothies and salads.
Use dried tips for tea, which may sooth throat and upper respiratory ailments.
Use spruce needles as rosemary. Add chopped spruce tips to drinking water and let it sit for an hour or so – water absorbs all the goodies from the tips.
Season your soups, pastas, stews, curries etc. with chopped spruce tips. It is also a great way to enhance mineral absorption from grains and legumes. Recipe ideas: artichoke-bean stew, tortilla bowls. Prepare a vegan oil-free pesto with spruce tips, pine nuts, basil, and nutritional yeast.
Should you require something fancier, try out sautéed mushrooms with spruce tips and chives.
As always do your own research regarding medical uses of plants. The buds, leaves and resin are antibiotic, antiseptic, balsamic, expectorant, sedative. A pitch, or resin, obtained from the trunk is rubefacient and stimulant. It is used externally in plasters etc for its healing and antiseptic properties. A poultice of the sap or gum has been used in the treatment of boil and abscess pain.
How to grow:
No pretreatment necessary. Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. Plant 1/4 inch deep in flats or multiple seeds in one pot. Keep soil medium moist. You can cover the pot or flats with plastic to retain moisture. Grow under lights or in a sunny windowsill until large enough to prick out and transplant in to individual pots. Grow out in a protected, sunny area. Transplant to final location in year 2.