30 Jan Let’s eat Christmas trees! (plus new tips)
Finally, the joyous Christmas festivities come to an end and it is now time to clean up. You see your floor covered with pine needles, the decorations falling off and the base of your tree rotting away, and naturally decide to throw it away.
But wait, there are a few more ways you could properly bid farewell to your tree without feeling bad about it.
Take a look at the following tips:
Eat the Tree:
Yes, exactly! From pine nut tea or pine needle cured salmon to even a pine nut ice cream, Christmas trees can be served on your plate.
The mastermind behind the dinner club, ‘how to eat your Christmas tree’, Julia Georgallis, came up with a hearty spruce and pine based menu. She believes there are multiple ways of enhancing your tea aroma and making it enticing.
“Spruce tastes a little bit like vanilla, so it actually makes delicious ice cream.
“You simply make custard, infuse the custard with spruce needles and then churn or freeze it, it’s really simple to do at home.”
She gives other various ideas including the pine for smoked vegetables or pickles, and to spruce up jam and cordial.
But beware, only go for spruce or fir trees that are edible, the yew trees are poisonous and must be avoided. Also, make sure to buy an organic or FSC certified tree if you plan on making tea afterwards.
Many commercial trees are sprayed with chemicals to kill pests or disease and for a longer lifetime.
Recycle the tree:
About 8 million Christmas trees are sold all over UK each year. Talking about the carbon footprints that these trees possess, it’s advisable to go for real Christmas trees instead of artificial ones.
A 2 meter tree, if recycled, can reduce carbon footprint by 80%. Recycle Now offers you a list for finding places to recycle your trees, or lets you know if your local council has a special collection in January.
The trees are usually used on woodland paths and walkways or used in coastal defense schemes after being turned into chippings.
Replant the tree:
Replanting the tree in your backyard keeps reminding you of the joyous memories you had around it during the festive season. Become a gardener and replant the tree right away. And as the New Year approaches, decorate it again for the festive feel.
You may use your Christmas tree needles in your compost to balance their acidic nature with alkaline – such as wood ash.
Or how about carving this year’s presents out of the old tree to delight your family with your excellent woodwork.
Use the tree’s smell
While the merriments of the season end, how about keeping the freshness alive with the tree’s smell. Keep your Christmas tree around for the ‘nice smelly stuff’. Incorporate fragrance of pines with pot pourri to have that gentle warmth of pine fresh smell.
From scented candles to pine lotions and soap, you may search for the way to make pine resin oil to use it in them.
Make use of the wood
Transform your tree into a bird home. Decorate the branches with mini-food items such as strings of berries, popcorns and chopped fruits, and stick the tree in a heavy pot that wouldn’t blow over.
Other ideas include chopping the wood for fire or making garden chippings from your tree.
Feed the tree to goats
Weird yet handy! If you happen to own goats, you would know how much they love chowing down on old Christmas tree branches.