Loblolly Pine

Scientific Name(s): Pinus genus
Abundance: plentiful
What: needles, seeds, inner bark
How: needle tea; seeds raw, roasted; inner bark toasted
Where: prefer low wet areas, landscaping
When: all year
Nutritional Value: vitamin C, calories
Dangers: some pine needles may contain phytoestrogens which can cause miscarriages in cattle under certain situations. Because of this pregnant humans are also advised to avoid them...mainly because there are lawyers in the world and I don't want to be sued.

Medicinal Summary:

Needles - antioxidant; anti-scurvy; high in vitamin C, may help undo damage of artificial spike proteins (tisane, tincture)
Sap - antifungal; minor antibacterial (poultice)

Leaf Arrangement: Leaves are arranged in fascicles (bundles), usually in groups of three.

Leaf Shape: Long, slender needles, approximately 6 to 9 inches in length.

Leaf Venation: Needle-like leaves with parallel venation.

Leaf Margin: The needle-like leaves have entire margins.

Leaf Color: Needles are green when living and turn brown when dead.

Flower Structure: Loblolly pines produce both male and female cones, approximately 1.5" long and 1/4" wide.

Flower Color: Male cones are small and yellow, while female cones are larger and brown.

Fruit: The fruit is in the form of woody cones, approximately 3 to 6 inches in length.They are green while growing and then turn brown when mature.

Seed: Seeds are small, winged, and brown. Each cone may contain numerous seeds.

Bark: The brown bark is scaly and becomes furrowed with age.

Hairs: Loblolly pines have hairless needles and bark.

Height: Texas pines can reach heights of up to 100 feet.

Loblolly pine


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Long Leaf pine (Pinus palustris , left) have needles over 10" long. Loblolly pine ( Pinus taeda, right) needles average 5" long.

Pollen-producing "flowers" before releasing pollen. These do not become pine cones but just release pine pollen.

Loblolly Pine flowers during the release pollen.
Pine pollen

Pine pollen contains the molecule Androstenedione which is close enough to testosterone to trick the human body. Pine pollen in tequila...what could possibly go wrong?!

Loblolly Pine cones and their "winged" seeds. The gray, open cone already dropped its seeds but the tightly closed gray and green cones will contain harvestable seeds.
Pine Seeds

Squirrels will show you when the green cones are ripe by tearing them apart to get to the seeds at the base of each scale.

Tiny pine seedlings can be plucked then added to salads.

Making tea but the needles need to be chopped up into much smaller pieces.
Pine tea

Fresh pine sap ready to be made into Native American glue.

Texas distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture. The marked counties are guidelines only. Plants may appear in other counties, especially if used in landscaping.

North American distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Majestic loblolly trees, over 100ft tall at maturity, are often referred to as "telephone pole trees" as their long, thick, straight trunks made great telephone poles back in the day. They prefer low, wet areas but their vigorous growth and cheap price make them a popular landscaping tree in urban areas.

Like the pines of the north which Sacajawea used to cure scurvy in Lewis & Clark's men, loblolly pine needles are rich in vitamin C. However, they also contain phytoestrogen molecules which can lead to miscarriages in women. For this reason, pregnant women should avoid drinking pine needle tea whether from loblollys or other pines. To make pine tea dice up fresh, green pine needles and soak them in hot but not boiling water for up to ten minutes. If boiled, the resulting tea will end up containing a high concentration of unpleasant-tasting terpenes (it's taste like Pine-Sol cleaner). If you do it right the tea will smell like morning in a pine forest...fantastic!

Unlike most eastern/northern white pines (Pinus strobus), the inner bark of the loblolly pine is not considered a source of food/calories because its cambium layer (inner bark) doesn't taste nearly as good as the cambium of white pines. However, in an emergency it will sustain you. Up north, White Pine (Pinus strobus) has delicious inner bark, tasting somewhat like bacon when fried.

Outer bark cut away to reveal inner, cambium layer (white) over the wood (yellow).

Peel the cambium layer into thin sheets, the thinner the better.

Cook the inner bark until it is brown and crispy all over. These still need more cooking.

In the spring yellow pine pollen coats everything around these trees. This pollen is chemically almost exactly identical to the male hormone testosterone and can be purchased over the internet as a testosterone supplement. Native American warriors would carry a small bag of this pollen with them to eat before battles to "pump them up" for the coming fight.

Pine sap burns fiercely because it's a mixture of long-chain organic molecules and turpentine-like compounds. It ignites early which makes it an excellent fire starting material. Fresh sap was also mixed with rabbit dung and wood as to make a Native American glue. To make this glue carefully heat up the sap to a full liquid state in a metal can or old pot. Then for every ~4 parts sap add 1 part ground-up dried rabbit pellets and 1 part wood ash. The fine plant fibers from the rabbit dung worked like the fiber strands in high-strength packing tape. The sap would be carefully melted in a container over a fire, mixed with the rabbit dung and wood ash, then "swirled" onto the top of twigs. When they needed some glue this twig/sap/dung "lollipop" was softened over a fire and dabbed onto what ever needed gluing.

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