THE ERA OF SPRUCE GUM IN MAINE. ‘Spruce Gum’ was sourced from Spruce resin. By nature somewhat bland and astringent, it possessed what one might call an ‘acquired taste.’ Commercially, beginning in the 19thcentury it was available as a pellet-like precursor of modern-day chewing gum.
Maine’s Waterville-based general-store-like ‘LaVerdiere’s Super Drug Store’ – which morphed into ‘Rite-Aid’ and now ‘Walgreens’ – used to carry everything from cough medicine to shoelaces to snowshoes. As recently as the 1970s, LaVerdiere’s carried Spruce Gum and sold it in matchbox-sized boxes akin to those pictured here.
Have you ever tried Spruce Gum and what did you think? Caleb, Megan & Jim