A Cree inspired treat.
Refreshing and easy to make, this treat incorporates two of the things Canada has in abundance: coniferous trees and maple syrup.
And while the medicinal properties of coniferous needles have not been proven by modern science, coniferous trees are famous in Canada as the cure for scurvy for Jacques Cartier (the first European to reach the Atlantic coast of Canada) and his crew. For those that do not know, scurvy, or scorbut, is caused by lack of vitamin C, a vitamin that most coniferous trees (including balsam fir) are rich in.
In small quantities, such as the ones we're using to make our tea, balsam fir is safe to have and is not known to pose any risks for healthy people.
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