Immature female cones - cooked. The central portion, when roasted, is sweet and syrupy. The cones are about 7cm long. Inner bark - dried, ground into a powder and then used as a thickener in soups etc or added to cereals when making bread. An emergency food, it is only used when all else fails. Seed - raw. The seed is about 2 - 4mm long. It is rich in fats and has a pleasant slightly resinous flavour but is too small and fiddly to be worthwhile unless you are desperate[172, K].A refreshing tea, rich in vitamin C, can be made from the young shoot tips.
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Cuttings of semi-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 8cm long, August in a frame. Protect from frost. Forms roots in the spring. Cuttings of mature terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long, September/October in a cold frame. Takes 12 months.Cuttings of soft to semi-ripe wood, early summer in a frame. Slow but sure.
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A long-lived but slow-growing tree in the wild, with specimens 800 years old recorded. It is planted as a timber tree in N. and C. Europe. Most trees in Britain are grafted and these are slow growing. The few trees of seedling origin tend to be fairly fast growing after a slow start. Annual increases of 30 - 40cm are not uncommon in some of the larger trees. Trees should be planted into their permanent positions when they are quite small, between 30 and 90cm. Larger trees will check badly and hardly put on any growth for several years. This also badly affects root development and wind resistance. Seed production is usually good, with heavy crops every 2 - 3 years. In some upland areas, especially over granitic or other base-poor soils, growth rate and health have been seriously affected by aluminium poisoning induced by acid rain. Plants are strongly outbreeding, self-fertilized seed usually grows poorly. They hybridize freely with other members of this genus. There are several named forms, selected for their ornamental value. Trees are very subject to severe damage by aphids in mild winter areas where temperatures do not regularly fall below -8°c.All parts of the plant emit a powerful pungent smell when bruised.
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