Apr 22 2015
The water in spring tastes pretty bad. It takes with it a lot of nutrients that have been released by dying vegetation over the winter.
Although I still drink water I prefer to drink birch Sap at this time. It’s easy to get in bucketloads and it is highly nutritious. Settlers in northern Sweden a few centuries back used it instead of water for all drinking and cooking while it’s was available. The birch was sometimes even called “the poor man’s cow”.
I’m using the the method shown in the video a few posts back. I have found it important to keep a steep angle on the sticks guiding the droplets. If not they will simply run down the trunk.
The Sap only flows during the day, so start tapping in the morning and get your drink in the evening. Enjoy!
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