How to Harvest Inner Pine Bark


Used in France since the 1950s for its antioxidant properties, pine bark proves to be a useful and edible botanical material. Knowing how to harvest inner pine bark from the tree requires a little elbow grease and the desire to get to the nutritious and medicinally beneficial substance. Harvesting inner pine bark allows you the opportunity to experience the flavors of what native pioneers survived on in the world's early wilderness.

Step 1

Put on protective goggles and utility gloves. These protect your eyes and hands from flying shards of pine bark.

Step 2

Grasp the handle of the ax firmly in your hands putting one fist above the other. Space your fists about 1 foot apart. This allows you the leverage necessary to use the ax properly.

Step 3

Bring the ax back over your shoulder and swing it at an angle down into the pine tree's bark. Make sure to penetrate every layer of the tree's bark.

Step 4

Grab the edge of the cut bark and yank downward, peeling the layers of pine bark from the tree. You may have to use the ax again to help break it free.

Step 5

Cut the soft innermost layer of the bark from the rest of the strip. Use the sharp, heavy-duty woodland knife to do this. Make sure to operate the knife in outward strokes, aiming the blade away from you so that you don't accidentally cut yourself.

Step 6

Take the strips of inner pine bark and rinse them lightly. Store them in the freezer in an airtight container for future use.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective goggles
  • Utility gloves
  • Ax (sharpened)
  • Sharp woodland knife


  • Survival Topics: Edible Pine Bark
  • Stanford School of Medicine: Pine Bark Medicinal Properties
Keywords: inner pine bark, edible pine bark, harvesting pine bark

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Chelsea Hoffman resides in Las Vegas, Nev., where she is currently working on a dramatic novel titled "Chloe." A published freelance writer for over 15 years, Hoffman writes for GardenGuides, Travels, and a variety of other online and print venues.