Russia has a lot of forests, and the most common type of trees here is birch.
Birches are very common all over the world but nevertheless, we call it “our” tree. We even have a joke about it, usually, we say to anyone who is going abroad “how would you subsists without birches”.
Birches lose their leaves during the winters, and they deduce the water from the shaft for a winter period, because frozen water can damage the structure.
When winter ends they need to grow back their leaves and they suck in a lot of water from the earth, fortunately, there are a lot of water made of melting snow.
Some people joke that if in the spring you will “hear” the birch by lean your ear to the shaft you can hear those pumps working.
We use that water movement for making birch sap or birch juice.
The procedure is quite simple, one has to have a small drill, a few conduits, and a jar or a bottle to store it.
Make a small hole in the bark of the tree, connect all the pipes with duct tape and leave it for a few hours.
The time needed to fill the bottles varies, it depends on the tree, place, and the time of the spring.
Generally speaking, there is only a week in the beginning of May when the speed of the water is high. You can collect 7-10 liters of juice in a day from a reasonable big tree.
It is still possible to collect the juice after the season, but it will take too long.
The sap is sweet but not too much, it contains about 1-3% of sugar. It has a very special flavor, but for me personally, it reminds a dash of honey dissolved in the water.
Many people believe that it’s very useful for human health.
And I can remember that when I was young I used to receive in our school canteen.
You can see on the picture how they collect that juice if they need a lot of it:
The modern generation of children prefers Cola for sure.
I collected a medium sized jar of the birch sap recently, but my boys only tasted it quickly and weren’t impressed.