CHRISTMAS CITY — As the holiday season comes to a close, millions of people will be looking to toss their Christmas trees. While throwing it on the curb for the garbage truck is probably the most common way to get rid of it, cooking up and eating your Douglas fir or Norway spruce might actually be a more eco-friendly option.
“Eat my Christmas tree?!” Yep, that’s right. In fact, a brand new cookbook aimed at folks looking to reduce their carbon footprint features over 30 new recipes for scarfing down those holiday pines!
Hey we eat weird foods all the time, how bad could a Christmas tree taste? Don’t knock it until you try it!
UK-based artisan baker and cook Julia Georgallis published her Christmas tree cookbook last October, with the hopes of opening people up to the idea of adding more sustainable practices to their lives. In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Georgallis said that she was driven to explore using Christmas trees in recipes after learning about the environmental impacts of the holiday tree business.
As most folks are probably not used to seeing recipes that include directions like “add a zest of Christmas tree,” the book includes all sorts of tips and tricks for adding a little bit of piney holiday flavor to your diet. The cookbook features recipes for dishes of all kinds, including Christmas-cured fish, Christmas tree pickles, and Christmas tree ice cream.
Not gonna lie, all of those things sound pretty weird. Christmas tree pickles? That recipe should come with a jail sentence! All jokes aside, we’re definitely down to try anything at least once.
Especially if it helps the planet.