random #35: birch... juice?

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 05-20-2010 12:06 PM 3522 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I guess I have heard of birch beer, but not just drinking straight sap from birch trees.

birch sap flowing from birch tree

birch sap flowing from birch tree

It looks like locally I could get some through Izze, though it says “Made with real fruit juice concentrates, other natural flavors and nothing artificial.” It doesn’t say “100% birch sap” like I’d expect, and like Adamba serves up – “Ingredients – Pure Birch Juice.”

Maybe I can just go lick some baltic birch ply in the garage. I’m guessing the juice tastes a bit like popsicle sticks, as those are usually made from white birch (Betula papyrifera).

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 02:18 PM


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#2 posted 05-20-2010 03:06 PM

When I went to Alaska, I was able to get Birch Syrup. I like it even more than REAL Maple Syrup. It hasa bit more bite. It is pricey though.

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 03:51 PM

Does the sap just pour out like that, or are those time lapse pictures?

Edit: should have clicked on the pictures. It’s frozen.

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 07:17 PM

Birch syrup is available on the web. Son brought some back from Alaska, we ordered more. Great stuff!

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#5 posted 05-21-2010 12:35 AM

I think I need to try some birch syrup. You guys are not helping the diet I’m pretending to be on one bit.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 05-21-2010 01:36 AM

The price will help you with that (although a little good stuff is better than a lot of the cheap corn syrup stuff). I think you’ll like it, but I think I paid about $6 for 3 oz. You can probably do a lot better online, especially if you buy larger quantities.

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#7 posted 06-09-2010 11:32 PM

Hey Gary,
I saw this and thought of you. I know you were talking a long time ago about distilling essential oils from various trees/plants. I think this falls more into the syrup category (and that means others that posted on this thread might be interested as well) but here is a link for if/when you have time. More pulling goodness from trees:

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