1) Araucaria araucana (Monkey Puzzle)
- Native to Chile, no other conifer quite like it!
- Seeds are used to make an alcoholic ceremonial drink called mudai.
2) Picea glauca (White Spruce)
- Native to northern temperate forests of North America.
- Captain Cook made a spruce beer, possibly curing his crew from scurvy.
3) Pinus cembra (Swiss Stone Pine)
- Native to Alps of Central Europe.
- Try a Royal Tannenbaum cocktail made with Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur!
4) Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir)
- Native to our “neck of the woods”.
- McCarthy’s Clear Creek Distillery (in Portland OR) makes a green spirit from Douglas Fir buds called Douglas Fir eau-de-vie.
5) Taiwania cryptomerioides (Coffin Tree)
- Native to eastern Asia.
- Imbibe too much and you may wind up in a box made from this tree. 🙁
* All references to alcoholic drinks are from the book, The Drunken Botanist
by Amy Stewart, ©2013, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
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