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spruce tips pesto pasta
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5 from 6 votes

Spruce Tips Pesto

A delicous, citrusy pesto made with the new growth of spruce trees.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 488kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner


  • food processor


  • 1 cup fresh spruce tips
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon walnuts or pine nuts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon avocado oil (or use more olive oil)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  • Add one cup of washed spruce tips into a food processor. Add garlic, walnuts (or pinenuts), salt, pepper, nutmeg, and crushed red pepper, if using.
  • Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • While the machine is running, drizzle in the oil.
  • Add parmesan cheese and lemon zest. Give it one last whirl.
  • Mix in with your favorite pasta dish, or as a substitute for pizza sauce.


The nutrition info was calculated using basil pesto. Although I tried, I could not find specific nutritional formation on spruce tips.
  • Toss fresh, uncooked tips into a salad with other greens.
  • Steep dried tips in hot water to make tea. Spruce is loaded with vitamin C, and rich in potassium and magnesium, so the tea can be soothing for a sore throat. Adding a cinnamon stick, honey, and a squeeze of lemon juice has even more health benefits.
  • Adding the tips to cold water will impart a mild flavor, similar to adding citrus or cucumber slices to your water.
  • Use the tips in the place of rosemary in recipes.
  • The tips can also be used in various savory dishes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fiber: 4g