Jack Pine

jack pine credit: AllieFK CC BY-SA 2.0

Identification

  • Short needles in clusters of two that are not twisted together
  • Cones closed and tight to the branches

Location

  • Throughout boreal forest, but also in some open areas

Harvesting Time

  • Year-round

Uses and Related Information

  • Needles can be used to prepare tea high in vitamin C (honey or cinnamon may be added to mask the bitter taste)
  • Raw pitch can be chewed to treat sore throats
  • Sap can be warmed and applied externally as a salve to relieve joint and muscle pain, swelling, bites, burns and irritations

Cautions

Do not eat this plant if you are pregnant (can cause miscarriage)

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