One of our trustees, Katrin Gabriel offered to make pine honey as part of her charity fundraising for Hope Spring Water. It was made into different jar sizes, medium and small to raise a donation that will help vulnerable and underprivileged communities in Africa.
Ingredient required to make pine honey
- Fir tree tips
- Fresh unsprayed Pine needles
- Fresh lemons
- Organic sugar
- Sterilized Jars
- Clean Pot
- Turning spoon
According to Katrin Gabriel, ‘’The process is quite lengthy spanning three days, but well worth it in the end. About fifty jars in total were made and the suggested minimum donation is 2£’’.
How to make pine “honey’’
An old recipe from the Black Forest
- Pick the tender tips of fir trees or pines in late April/May when they are almost an inch long, but still very green and soft. (Do NOT use YEW, it is very poisonous!).
- Put in a pot and completely cover in cold water. Add a washed and sliced unwaxed organic lemon
- Bring to the boil, cover the pot and boil vigorously for five minutes. Turn the hot plate to the lowest setting and simmer for 2 hours.
- Leave in the pot until the next day. You can remove the lemons now if you do not want too much lemon flavour, I tend to leave them until day two.
- Take the lemons out, strain the slightly milky liquid either through a sieve or a cloth. Squeeze all the liquid out of the needles.
- Measure the liquid, for 500ml you will need to add 500g of sugar, for 650ml you will need to add 650g of sugar etc.
- Bring to the boil for 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for two hours with the lid on.
- Leave to stand until the next day.
- Sterilise your jars and bring the liquid to the boil.
- Boil for about an hour, stirring frequently. Test a few drops of the pine honey on a saucer, if the drops gel once cold, the liquid is ready to be bottled.
- Fill into your sterilised jars. The honey will keep for about a year.
- Keep in a cool dry place.
NOTE: There’s no strict rule to the measurement, the most important thing is to have an understanding of the materials you’re using and the mixture.
The benefit of pine honey
Pine honey is high in acidity, it’s high in iron, copper, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, zinc and boron. These are the few health benefits of pine honey.
- It has anti-cancer properties.
- Great for a respiratory condition.
- Good for skin conditions such as ache, aged skin, skin pores among others.
- Pine honey has antibacterial properties.
- The fir tree is known for curing sore throat.