For Our Foodies & Mixologists

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A note to our Foodie & Mixology friends out there on what to expect with our products.

Thank you for considering Spruce On Tap! We just wanted to let our culinary artists have a little heads up about our products when using them with food recipes and as pretty garnishes. Please note some of the following:

  • On Appearance: Our processing and preserving techniques will slightly change the appearance of the spruce tips. Yes, they looked like the ones here in the photo when we harvested them, but after freezing and shipping some of the needles get knocked off of the bough. We estimate that normally about 20% of the tips will lose some or most of the needles. That said, they are normally the tips on the outer most portions of the bag that may be coming in contact with ice packs, etc. There will still be plenty of tips that are in tact.
  • On Texture: So many people we have spoken with are used to using Sitka spruce for the garnish. We have harvested Sitka spruce as well, and can tell you that even though we are harvesting our Colorado Blue and Engelmann spruce trees right at the perfect time of fresh, young, soft growth - ours needles are still more stiff than Sitka. Also, the freezing of the product stiffens the tips. So even though when we harvest they are nice and soft as they should be, after being frozen and then thawed out, they will not be as soft as they were at the time of harvest. We have seen this with both the Colorado species as well as the Sitka species harvested in the Pacific Northwest. Freezing them hardens them even after being thawed back out. Some customers have experimented with doing a salt water blanching to soften them up a bit more.
  • On Flavor & Aroma: Now the good news! Although our processing and preserving techniques have some effect on the physical condition of the spruce, we have not noticed any degradation of flavor or aroma when using these techniques. Be certain that you will get spruce with full flavor! Guaranteed.


For more ideas on using spruce in beverages and dishes, see the link at the top of the page called Recipes and More!