Last week we visited the alp of our friends in the mountains. An alp is a home with an attached barn which is used by dairy farmers during the summer when they take their cows to the mountains to graze all summer in the grassy meadows. While there we gathered the sweet, tender tips of new growth on the branches of these trees.
Our friend Ernst, who grew up in these mountains, told us how to make Waldhonig. When I got home I rinsed the needles and put them in a pot with some water. I boiled and boiled them, filling the house with a slightly lemony Christmas tree smell. Hmmmmm. My husband loved coming home to that smell last night. Later I strained the needles out and added jam-making sugar, (which has pectin added to it.)
It was delicious on my toast this morning. Ernst says it is also very good for sore throats and coughs!