On a recent trip to Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, I gathered some redwood needles with the goal of somehow capturing their scent.  As a way of extracting their aromas, I infused the redwood needles in fermenting mead.

When exposed to air, acetic acid bacteria will convert any alcoholic liquid into vinegar. Through this process, the redwood infused mead turns into a redwood vinegar. (Left exposed to the air for a prolonged time, however, this vinegar will then oxidize, undergoing a number of interesting changes in flavor but eventually destroying those most desirable.)

Begin by heading outside, to wherever trees grow freely, and gather some artifacts of a particularly aromatic plant.  Though I collected redwood needles, this method would work with any conifer; it may work with some deciduous leaves as well.

Step 1: Mix Honey and Water

If you have a scale, weigh out water and honey at a 4:1 ratio.  If not, this ratio works out to be roughly a pound of honey per half gallon of water.  Make enough to comfortably cover whatever quantity of redwood (or other conifer) needles you've gathered.
Put a lid on and shake until the honey has evenly dissolved.

2 Points and Question:<br><br>1. All, heed the warning about some conifers being poison, and make sure you've accurately identified the source your needles.<br><br>2. I like this.. but...<br><br>3. To what end would put to use this conifer vinegar? Tea from non-poisonous needles is great, full of vitamin C when one can't get citrus fruits, but for what can one use this vinegar?<br><br>
Very nice ideas but you should be aware that there are poisonous versions of evergreens to watch out for. Best for less experienced foragers to have at least a hand book of natural edibles.
I want to try this! Very interesting! <br>
what a cool idea! and your pictures are very nice too.

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