Exactly my reaction - say what? Needles in your noodles, tree limbs in your lasagna? Not quite, but according to this book I’ve seen on Amazon, called appropriately “How to Eat Your Christmas Tree: Delicious, innovative recipes for cooking with trees” by author Julia Geogallis, published in 2020. She says we can use just about every part of the tree in meals, and also advocates not just throwing the tree away, but to recycle and upcycle it as well.
My first thought would be what about anything that may have been sprayed on the tree to preserve it, or anything we don’t want to ingest. But it’s sure an interesting thought and apparently it’s becoming more and more popular.
Now about making sure those trees don’t turn into a fire hazard in your home or yard, most cities do offer special pick up days and some places like Big Cat Rescue use those as enrichments for the residents. But if you live in Hillsborough County they their solid waste guide to check out and for those in Tampa, just make sure you set them out on your regular pickup days, but follow these instructions; in Pinellas County, take a look at the “Where Does It Go Guide” and for St Petersburg residents you have January 14th for your pickup day. If I didn’t mention your area, just check with the good people who pickup your trash and there’s a good chance if you have it cut up to their specifications it will be taken away with the rest of the trash. But check with them first.
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