Spruce Tips are the tender new shoots of the eastern white spruce that emerge in the early spring. Fresh, spruce tips have a bitter rosemary lemon-like flavour that cuts through oily and fatty flavours. Spruce is loaded with vitamin C and long been used for by first nations for teas; their bright flavour is matched by a bright green fresh colour, which can add excitement to many dishes. They are delicious used like capers, with a stuffing for some fresh water fish, chopped fine into a sauce or marinade or used in salads or a salad dressing, try mixed with spring herbs and mushrooms to make a pesto. Spruce tips used in a stuffing along with juniper and other forest flavours such as earthy mushrooms and paired with wild game is fantastic. They are also the essential ingredient in the Canadian gin martini or a special surprise in a ceaser.