The Eastern White pine [pic 1] is an iconic tree of the Northeast, having deep roots in the culture of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) – the Indians indigenous to this area. To the Haudenosaunee, the White Pine is the Tree of Peace, a symbol of the union of the nations of their confederacy [pic 2]. Evergreens were seen as symbols of immortality and eternal life because they retain their leaves throughout the winter. The Eastern white pine is recognized by its soft, flexible needles with five needles per cluster. The needles can be used to make a delicious tea [pic 3] that is high in vitamin C and the inner bark can be eaten as a survival food.