“The fire. The odor of burning juniper is the sweetest fragrance on the face of the earth, in my honest judgment; I doubt if all the smoking censers of Dante’s paradise could equal it.” —Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
I have been working on identifying the trees and flowers in my region. Eastern Red Cedar is the first tree I started to easily recognize since starting my foraging and forest bathing journey. It is not a true cedar, but a juniper tree that produces edible little seed cones called juniper berries. Just don’t over consume them since eating large amounts can be poisonous.
Western Red Cedar is more fragrant, but I can only experience its delicious and fragrant leaves if I have them shipped. They are ideal for use in seasoning and tea.