How to Harvest Pine Bark


If you've ever had time to examine the anatomy of a tree, you'll see that it is made up of several layers. The outermost layers are the bark and phloem. The phloem is also known as the inner bark. The inner bark of the pine tree has many uses--you can make crafts with it, like baskets, and you can eat it in a survival situation. Pine's soft wood makes removing bark an easy process. A few tools are needed to complete this task.

Step 1

Find a freshly cut pine tree from which to remove bark. Trees that have sat a few days will have bark that is very difficult to remove.

Step 2

Use a hatchet to cut a line all the way around the trunk down to the wood of the tree. Cut another line in the same way 1 foot away.

Step 3

Use the hatchet and cut a line perpendicular to the two lines. The line should connect the two and, once again, cut all the way down to the wood.

Step 4

Slide the edge of the hatchet into the perpendicular cut until it slides between the bark and the wood. Slowly work the hatchet back and forth to loosen the bark from the wood.

Step 5

Use your hand and pull the bark as it is loosened from the wood. It should easily peel off the tree because of the slippery connection. The connection is slippery because the next layer of wood in the trunk of the tree is the sapwood, which carries sap and water from the roots up through the tree.

Step 6

To eat pine bark, pour olive oil into a frying pan and put the pan over medium heat. Cut the inner bark into strips with a knife to make frying easier. Add the bark to the pan and fry to a crispy golden brown.

Tips and Warnings

  • Eating inner bark is beneficial in survival situations, but try to remove as little bark as possible to prevent killing the tree. If you remove the inner bark around the entire circumference of the tree, you will essentially strangle the tree. Wear gloves when working with the hatchet and removing the bark. This will help prevent serious cuts from the hatchet and getting wood splinters.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Hatchet
  • Gloves
  • Frying pan
  • Olive oil
  • Heat source


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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.