Spruce Tip Salt; The most fragrant and unique flavored salt you'll ever have. With notes of grapefruit zest and pine it is sure to turn your fish or wild game into a treat. The best thing about having this salt on hand is it has to be made in spring, and has the bright zesty flavor you crave in warmer months, but also has the fragrant and tangy woodsy flavor that's perfect for winter dishes. So preserving spruce tips in salt for year round use is the easiest and best way to utilize these adorable little spring shoots.
There are so many ways to get your hands on these blooming spring Spruce Tips, you do not need to be hiking your way through the forest hunting for wild turkey while also keeping your eyes peeled for spruce trees, wild morels, and fields of ramps.
#Foragingreal tip: You may have spruce right in your home's landscaping or in the yard. For my spruce tip salt this year, I was lucky enough to have a dwarf variety of spruce growing right in the front of our home, this worked out so I could pick about a cup of them and put them in the fridge and while in the woods for Spring Turkey Season I could pay more attention to game sign then attention to all the wild edibles calling to me. As I came across larger spruce trees with the classic spruce tip I shoved a few in my pocket and bagged them up when I got home. They last in a air tight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks for anything you want to throw them in. Out favorite being Salmon Spruce Tips & Champagne.
Foraging for Spruce Tips is probably one of the easiest ways to get into a little bit of wild foods, without all the fear of picking the wrong thing. All conifer tree needles are edible (and a yummy addition to your typical kitchen herbs) besides for the Yew variety. With out getting to far into foraging tips and hazards, Google search identifying conifers or visit our Learning Page for some helpful resources.
Did I mention this project only takes 5 minutes or less?
All you need is:
Food processor or good blender
equal parts Spruce tips
It's that simple.
Spruce Tip Salt
1 cup Spruce tips
1 cup Kosher Salt
1. In a food processor blend equal parts spruce tips and kosher salt for 1-2 minutes until well combined.
2. Store in an air tight container. (for up to 1 year)