Saturday, February 25, 2012

White Pines Useless? Nah...

Photo by H.C. Williams

Up in one corner of our property stands a short row of mature white pines, which I thought pretty much useless, except maybe as a wind break. I think they are on my neighbor's side of the fence anyway. (My attitude stems from miles and miles of white pines planted in south Georgia and Florida for the pulp industry.) Now I have discovered some wonderful uses, so I'm taking back everything bad I ever said about white pines! 

One of the uses has to do with the pollen as a superfood, and the other has to do with cesium and radiation poisoning. 

Last year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, I wrote several posts about what we can do to mitigate radiation poisoning... if you put nuclear radiation in the search box on the right, you can find those posts. The news about radiation levels in the US from Fukushima are out there, but not readily available in the public media. The thing to remember is that no amount of radiation is good... and that it never goes away (well, maybe in 10,000 years).

Many of us know about pine needle tea as a rich source of Vitamin C, but now white pine pollen is being promoted as a highly nutritious superfood powder. But who needs to buy it when you can pick your own? The needle-like leaves of pine can be made into a nutritious tea. However, the inner bark is more nutrient- and phytochemical-dense in terms of chemicals that nourish and protect us. If you don't have access to trees where you can gather inner bark from them, gather the branchlets instead (leaves and short section of the branch together) so you can access the antioxidants in the pine bark.

Arthur Haines shows us how and when to harvest pine pollen with strategies for gathering sufficient pollen to make tinctures, or use as a superfood. He also goes into detail about the nutritional chemistry of pine pollen which is rich in non-enzymatic anti-oxidants like pro vitamin A, B Complex, C, D and E plus a host of minerals and amino acids. Apparently pine pollen is also a great defense against radioactive Cesium that is appearing in dairy and other foods in the US.

Pine pollen is high in potassium, and since Cesium replaces potassium in our bodies, having an abundance of potassium easily available is a good thing.

Links to the videos:

Here's a bit about how the US is storing nuclear waste:

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