Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips

After my less-than-stellar morel hunt last weekend I needed to forage something more gratifying. It’s the perfect time for spruce tips. Pretty much all the spruce trees in town are boasting bright green tips with brown papery casings. I ventured as far as my yard to collect a pound of them. They required very little processing; just remove the papery casings and you’re good to go.

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

I’ve never been quite sure what to make with these edibles. I’m not much for tea or jelly. I wanted something savory.

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

I first referenced the Goddess of Alaska Forests, Laurie Constantino, and made a delectable dip with mayo, Greek yogurt, lemon juice and minced spruce tips. It was perfect for the garlic bread crusts I had leftover on my dinner plate last night.

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

Recently a friend of mine told me about a Juneau-based blog that’s all about foraging Alaska edibles. There was an intriguing recipe for spruce tip gnocchi. I had to try it.

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

I don’t have a potato ricer so I used the smallest grate on my cheese grater. I gently combined the ingredients with my fingertips until a dough formed, then I shaped the dough into a 1.5-inch-thick rectangle and cut the rectangle into 1.5-inch strips.

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

I rolled each strip lightly in flour, and ever so gently rolled them into 1-inch logs. Then I cut the logs on a bias into 1.5-inch pieces.

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

This was one of the best foraging meals I’ve ever made. My husband gave it a rave review saying it was the best gnocchi he’s eaten.

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

The potato pasta was pillowy and had a subtle sprucy fragrance. I omitted the peas and served it alongside grilled asparagus.

Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips | Alaskaknitnat.com

SO GOOD. I’ll definitely be making it again.

Thanks to Foodabe.com for inspiring me to use this plentiful Alaska resource. Click here for the recipe.

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8 thoughts on “Harvesting Anchorage: Spruce tips”

  1. I never would have thought of making gnocchi with spruce tips! I hope it isn’t too late to still forage for them, but I will try this weekend. Thanks for this killer recipe – it looks delicious!

  2. My kids did NOT like spruce tip anything–and we tried a lot of recipes too–the gnocchi look amazing though, I may have a go at them!

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