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May 25, 2011

How about some spruce tips for dinner?

Spruce tips.  Photo by Mark Lepine, used by permission.
We're in the middle of prime spruce tip picking time in Ottawa, according to Marc Lepine, the chef/owner of Atelier Restaurant.  I've never had spruce tips before, but Marc tells me that "they taste the way they smell, it's really quite unique, I can't say I could compare it to anything."

You should check out Marc's photo stream, where he's been posting photos of all kinds of plants that he's been using in his recipes lately. Plans like cattails, lilac, wild nettle flowers, and more.

See also: Ottawa Food Guide


  1. Foraging for wild edibles is a wonderful way to connect to the plants growing all around us!

    Of course it is important to remember to do so responsibly. For instance, one should never pick the spruce shoots that grow at the very tip of the branch as that stunts the tree's growth.

    Here is a great set of guidelines to keep in mind.

    I've never seen the wild nettle flowers pictured in the photo stream. The flowers of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), which I am familiar with, are very different. I'd like to know the Latin name for the ones he shows. Sounds intriguing!

  2. Thanks Amber for the advice & the link.


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