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Post Grape-Nuts cereal featured Gibbons asking viewers "Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible." While he recommended eating Grape Nuts over eating pine trees (Grape Nuts' taste "reminds me of wild hickory nuts")
Although Gibbons longed to be a writer, he had difficulty getting published. However, capitalizing on the growing return-to-nature movement in 1962, his first book, Stalking the Wild Asparagus, became an instant success. From the cover blurb:
Never eaten a tree, but used the sap for glue, and a firestarter, and made tea from the needles. Full of vitamin C.
And collected pine cones as a child, obviously!
Isn't pine needles or oil or some aspect deadly poison like it says on the pinesol warning, skulls and bones warning.
reply to post by Asktheanimals
I eat the nuts here from yellow pine and loblolly. I have two Stone Pines (about 3') in pots, which I will be transplanting to our farm this next week. These are the trees which the commercial pine nuts come from. They are trimmed and sold as miniature Christmas trees in places like Lowes and Home Depot every year, which is where I got mine. They are awesome trees and will flourish in my zone. The cones actually take 36 months to mature, the slowest of all cone producers. Check out what they look like when mature on line. I would upload some pics but have trouble accomplishing that on my phone.edit on 31-10-2013 by yamammasamonkey because: (no reason given)edit on 31-10-2013 by yamammasamonkey because: (no reason given)
Unlike most eastern/northern white pines, the inner back of the loblolly pine is not considered a source of food/calories, which is a bummer because the cambium layer (inner bark) of white pines is delicious after cooking.
In the spring yellow pine pollen coats everything around these trees. This pollen is chemically almost exactly identical to the male hormone testosterone and can be purchased over the internet as a testosterone supplement. Native American warriors would carry a small bag of this pollen with them to eat before battles to "pump them up" for the coming fight.
reply to post by DrumsRfun
If you live in the deep south you know it when you walk outside and everyone's car is the same color (no matter what the paint color). Yellow. You can sweep a quart off only a couple cars if it doesn't rain during peak pollination.