Once the English colonists arrived, the white pine became of major interest for the Royal Navy. Unlike hardwood, it can stand for years without cracking, and it bends rather than breaks, in high winds. It was the perfect tree to make masts for the Navy’s fleet.
After 1711, the King’s Mark branded old-growth New England white pines as the property of the King of England. A simple mark, three quick swings with an ax, one straight up and two in a V at the top, to make an arrow, claiming them on behalf of the British Royal Navy.
The inner bark and needles of our region’s conifers have a long history of medicinal use. Brewing a tea with pine needles can help with respiratory problems. Today, while snow is blowing, making for extreme frigid temperatures, I thought I share an “uplifting” recipe with you that will get your coniferous juices flowing , and will let our mind wander to remember and look forward to warm and sunny days spent by the lake.