I put them into my tea ball and gave them a rinse. Should have taken the picture before rinsing, as half of them stuck to the top of the ball and settled on the edges and I had to fart around with them to get it to close properly afterward.
10 minutes later, I am drinking my first cup. It's a Red Rose, Pomegranate White, pine needle blend today. I don't notice a strong pine taste- not that I know what pine actually tastes like, but it doesn't taste like pine needles smell. It does seem to have masked the pomegranate though, so I have a cup of tea that essentially just tastes like Red Rose, with maybe a bit of something... that I can't quite place.
An interesting link:
The Health Benefits of Pine Needle Tea
Other websites claim that pine needle tea may have up to 5 times as much vitamin C as an orange, but amounts and flavour may vary between species. Sources claim rose hips have 426 mg per 100g, oranges 50 mg, and 5 times that puts pine needles at 250mg per 100g. Pine needles have the added bonus of being available year round, thereby not losing any vitamin content to storage.
Halfway through my cup of tea, I'm noticing a bit of an after taste. It's not entirely unpleasant, but noticeable.
A funny little aside though, if you happen to look at the chart, how did oranges become so famous as 'THE' source for vitamin C? They're relatively low, trailing behind strawberries, elderberries, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Marketing?
Another link, with tea remedy recipes:
My second cup of tea, after steeping nearly 40 minutes, the taste of 'something else' has gotten a bit stronger. I'm going to assume that is indeed the flavour of the pine. My tongue feels a little odd , kind of coated. The after taste is gone. or not noticeable now. My nose feels clear, though my sinuses are still compacted. It'll be interesting to see if they drain today.
#4 has his first cup of tea, and I told him I put something different in it, but I didn't tell him what. His opinion- it tastes the same as normal. Since he's never had the pomegranate before (a bonus tea bag from Timmy's the last time I was out), I assume he's getting the same counter active effect I experienced.
(Notice how I linked that for the non-Canadians? If you tell your friend's you're going to Timmy's and no one asks Timmy WHO? You just might be Canadian, lol!)
Ew- this might be too much info- I just horked up a big gob of slime. And I haven't even been coughing or feeling any chest congestion. I may have to make this a part of my routine.
Anyone else brave enough to try it?