Nothing makes the festive season more festive than a real Nova Scotia Christmas tree. Christmas tree farming has been a tradition here for
generations. This industry contributes millions of dollars every year to the local economy and provides full and part-time jobs to about 4,000 people in Nova Scotia (the equivalent of 800 full-time jobs).
Did you know?
• The majority of trees harvested in Nova Scotia are Balsam Fir – trees that grow naturally in our climate.
• There are roughly 1,200 families producing trees on
their land in Nova Scotia.
• For every harvested tree, one to three new trees are cultivated in its place. Cultivation of natural stands
and integrated pest management make Nova Scotia Christmas trees one of the most environmentallyfriendly crops around.
• Every acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen
for 18 people.
For more information, visit iloverealtrees.com
And trees are for more than just decoration! Try this unique new Kilted Chef recipe developed for the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia in partnership with Select Nova Scotia.
Balsam Fir Jelly Recipe
• 1 cup balsam fir needles stripped from the tip, middle
and base of branch, rinsed
• 5 cups water
• ½ tsp lemon juice
• 1 package No Sugar needed pectin
• 3 cups sugar
Place needles on a cutting board and use the top of a large
knife to bruise the needles, they are not meant to be chopped
only “bruised” to release more essence from the needle. Place
prepared needles into a cheesecloth and tie securely with twine.
Place in a pot with 5 cups of cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce
and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to
Remove the cheesecloth and measure four cups of liquid, add
clear water if needed. Return liquid to pot, add the lemon juice
and pectin, bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 minute. Add sugar
and return to boil, boil for an additional minute. Remove from heat
and skim off foam. Pour into hot, sterilized jars. Process jars in a
water bath for 10 minutes.
RECIPE: Chef Alain Bossé firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-893-4491
Article from Department of Agriculture AGNEWSLETTER FALL ISSUE – December 2018