Winter Pine

(Toledo, OH) This pine tree seems especially radiant against the backdrop of gray skies and early winter snow last week, and one can be led to believe that evergreens exist to preserve hope for spring.

While no replacement for the amenities offered by Vegas hotels, evergreens can be a source of shelter for lost hikers, and the seeds of all species of pines are edible. The young male cones, which grow only in the spring, can be used as a survival food, while the bark of young twigs is edible. The inner bark is juicy, and is rich in sugar and vitamins, while tea made from green pine needles is high in vitamin C.

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