BIRCH WATER – Nature’s Youth Elixir
Birch water is the lowest sugar plant-based beverage that has its roots in Scandinavian and Baltic countries. There it has been used as a natural source of detox for centuries.
Every spring, when the snow melts, the nature awakens from the long winter. The birch trees begin to draw water underneath the frozen soil and for that reason birch water can be collected. Birch water is a clear liquid that is tapped straight from the birch tree. The time to collect the sap is short – it can be done only for a few weeks until the leaf buds burst open. You can drink the sap right after collection or it can be put aside for fermentation. The fresh birch water tastes slightly sweet and has a mild taste of spring.
Don’t worry, the tree will not dry out! The collection of birch water does not damage the tree as the cavity in the tree and the amount of birch sap collected are so small, hence the tree will recover within a year.
YOUTH ELIXIR? Maybe.
NUTRITIOUS & DELICIOUS REFRESHMENT? Certainly!
Folk medicine in Estonia has been using birch sap for centuries to help against fatigue, stress and headaches. It is also a great electrolyte replacing beverage containing minerals such as potassium, zinc, manganese and amino acids. As such, it offers an alternative to coconut water with much less calories from sugars.