Daily Archives: January 20, 2012

oh tannenbaum

In Germany, zoos take discarded Christmas trees and give them to many of the animals for food or play.  Who knew?

…pine needles are rich in Vitamin C, noting that people have used pine needle tea as a natural remedy for scurvy.

As an aside, I’ve made pine needle tea and it’s quite good.  You want to get the younger needles and use hot but not boiling water to steep the tea.  Too long in boiling water will extract the turpentine which you definitely don’t want.  The tea is pretty good and reported to be good for coughs and sore throats.  And scurvy.  You really don’t want to get scurvy.

But I digress…

As cool as this tradition is, it appears to be threatened.

“The fact of the matter is that we hardly accept any Christmas trees anymore, because, increasingly, they are treated with chemicals to make them last longer or to render them inflammable,”

Check out the photo essay of the animals enjoying their Christmas trees.  Pretty cool.