Spruce Tips: A Touch of Spring in Winter
In Alaska many of us spend all spring and summer harvesting foods so we can enjoy good food and nutrition all winter. We enjoy salmon, halibut, deer, moose, shrimp, and crab. The usual. Food is a fantastic tool for cross-cultural experiences and education. I would love to see a history book of foods in Alaska, but I am a foodie. If I could eat my way across the planet, I would. As an Alaska Native it’s interesting to watch our traditional foods become popular among non-Native people, even the not so common foods such as spruce tips, devil’s club, seaweed, Labrador tea, salmonberry shoots, and more.
Spruce tips are one of Planet Alaska’s favorites. Eating spruce tips in the winter gets us really excited for spring. It’s one of those foods that makes wonderful memories. When I was young, my mother and I would often pick spruce tips, nibbling and enjoying their lemon-zesty flavor as we hiked around Wrangell until the tips began to mature and were too woody to eat.)