Laura Waters holds a glass of one of her sparking Douglas fir drinks she created. (Laura Waters)
A dipping sauce made from chili and Douglas fir, Douglas fir vinegar, and even sparkling Douglas fir drinks — those are just some of the things Laura Waters came up with when she started experimenting with the needles that come from the large evergreen tree.
Waters, who sells gift baskets, home-made cards and food products through Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts in Saanich, said she initially planted fir trees on her Vancouver Island farm to sell as Christmas trees.
"I kept mowing in between them and thinking there had to be something better to do with the trees," Waters told North by Northwest host Sheryl MacKay.