The new growth on the Douglas is bursting forth this week. It’s lovely…and it’s a special treat for the palate!
The limey-green tips are tender and have a delicious citrus-pine flavor. Gather them once the papery brown bud sheafs fall off and they are about ½ to 1 ½ inches long. (Note: they are easy to pick. But remember this is the new growth, so consider using side shoots, and don’t take too many from one branch)
What to do with them?
- make a hot tea (brew 15-20 min)
- eat a few straight!
- add to water with lemon or other fruits
- add to pesto or shortbread cookies
- freeze them for later use
And of course, remember to give gratitude to the tree for your harvest.