Many varieties of tea (or, more correctly, infusions) are found across the various Districts of Panem, but none is as widespread as pine tea, due to pine trees being found across many of the northern Districts, from 7 to 12.

If the needles are boiled for several minutes instead of steeped in hot water as they are here, the pine tea becomes more syrupy and medicinal, good for colds in late winter. Be careful though – ponderosa, Norfolk Island, yew and hemlock varieties are not safe to use. Always use caution when picking from the wild. If you’re not sure, don’t risk it.

By Samantha (admin) Published: August 10, 2013

  • Yield: 2 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Ready In: 10 mins

Many varieties of tea (or, more correctly, infusions) are found across the various Districts of Panem, but none is as widespread as …

The Ingredients.
The Method.
  1. Gather a small handful of pine needles. Wash them and let them dry. Remove the small brown papery ends, and chop them fairly small.
  2. Heat water to just before boiling and pour over the needles.
  3. Steep for 5-10 minutes and strain. Add honey or other sweetener if desired.
what people are saying.
  • Kristen Reply

    This sounds interesting!! I live in south Georgia where we have pretty much nothing but pine trees so I might have to look into doing this!!

    • Samantha Reply

      Heck yeah! I was born in Georgia! :)

  • Mckenzie Clark Reply

    I am making this right now. I cant wait to try it.

    • Aaron Reply

      Be sure to let us know what you think!

  • Maddie Reply

    What kind of pine needles would you recommend? I have an Austrian pine in my backyard and the needles look very similar to the ones in the pictures. Can you buy pine needles at the grocery store?

    • Samantha Reply

      Most pine trees are safe for teas, except for three: yew, norfolk island (the frilly ones you see sold as miniature Christmas trees), and the ponderosa pine. Don’t make tea from these trees.

      As far as I know, you cannot buy pine needles at the grocery store. Maybe some smaller health food chains?

      As always, use caution when collecting from the wild!

      • Samantha Reply

        For safety purposes (for both the public and you to not get sued), I recommend you put that warning somewhere up in the post. I would hate for someone to not read the comments and do something dumb… though, I do think it would kind of go with the theme of survival of the fittest…. ;) Lol. I’m just kidding. But really, because I’m a youth leader, I worry about things that could go wrong or how a parent could sue, so it may be something to think about doing.

  • Charity Reply

    Hemlock is also mistaken for pine sometimes.
    I would consider it dangerous to post a recipe for pine needle tea on my website UNLESS I was qualified to tell people what pine needles are safe to use.

    • Aaron (admin) Reply

      Thanks for pointing this out Charity. Samantha’s comment above provides some guidlines on what type of trees to avoid.

      Caution should always be used when picking from the wild.

  • Katie Reply

    Hi! This recipe looks great! Good for the colds I get too often. Just wondering if you knew whether Balsam trees were safe to use? That’s what I have in my yard. Thanks!

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