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Photo: Marco.Warm (Shutterstock) Somewhere in the middle of the pandemic I fell down a rabbit hole, and learned all about tree tapping to make syrup. Yes—amongst us commoners, in neighborhoods all across America, there are people who tap their own trees to produce their own maple syrup. I know. I immediately began suspiciously eyeing all trees in my neighborhood. Damn you, PNW, with your majestic skyline and dumb forests of non-maple trees. What we do have in spades are pine and fir trees, and making syrup from them doesn’t require any of the labor that maple does. (Bone up on how to make maple syrup and you won’t complain about the price ever again). Better yet, depending on where you live, now may be the perfect time to do it. The first step is to locate a tree—a live tree that is still thriving in the ground, so your Christmas tree is a no-go, sorry. You want a fir or a spruce, and you want to be sure it hasn’t been sprayed. Seriously, if you aren’t into tree identification, phone a friend because not all pine trees are OK to eat. Once you locate this magnificent specimen, you’ll want to pluck the lighter green growth at the tips. These are the spruce (or fir) tips. Some trees form this growth in spring, some in fall, and sometimes it depends on the year and the weather. Watch your tree for this growth, and keep in mind, this is the new […]