Like nature’s breath freshener, a matchstick-size twig of this tree, when chewed, offers a fresh, minty burst.
White Pine Needles
Nibbling the needles or brewing them in tea will give you a shot of vitamin C, along with a resinlike, sappy sensation.
Elliott says that wintergreen’s shiny green leaves pack a “powerhouse flavor.” Find them low to the ground, nibble, then spit them out.
Also known as shadbush, this plant typically blooms when the shad run in early summer; the berries it yields have a slightly tart flavor, Elliott says.
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