It is a season when we can collect fresh birch sap and make super delicious drink.
The sap looks like water, clear and almost tasteless.
Add lemon juice and sugar for taste, you may also add some mapple syrup instead of or in addition to sugar. This will add even more vitamins/minerals as well as additional flavor.
Drink fresh birch sap within two days, keeping in refrigerator.
If you have plenty of birch trees and can collect more sap, here is a recipe how to preserve birch sap drink for later time:
- 2 gal birch sap
- 1 lb sugar (or to taste)
- lemon juice, to taste
- orange or lemon circles
Boil sap with sugar and lemon, pour into steilized large glass jars, add few circles of orange and/or lemon, close tight with a lid.
“Birch sap is collected only at the break of winter and spring when the sap moves intensively. Birch sap collection is done by drilling a hole into its trunk and leading the sap into a container via some conduit: a tube or simply a thin twig: the sap will flow along it because of the surface tension.
Birch sap has to be collected in early spring before any green leaves have appeared, as in late spring it becomes bitter. The collection period is only about a month per year. Tapping a tree does not harm the health of the tree.“