It might not be immediately apparent but come spring, there 's a lot of activity going on with the conifers of our forests. When you take a close-up look and watch the changes over the weeks it is quite remarkable. New buds develop all over the tree promising new growth. Male cones (strobili) begin to develop and soon there will be a shower of gold, as the pine pollen spreads far and wide while pollinating female cones.
Pine pollen can be harvested. It is said to be a potent, nutrient-dense wholefood source. For us, it is another way for us to incorporate natural medicine into our lives by paying attention and getting to know what grows on our land. Pine pollen allergies are uncommon however, as with any new food it should be introduced into your diet carefully.
Photo: Red Pine (Pinus Resinosa)