Betula papyrifera Marsh., Betulaceae
In early spring, we harvest the slightly sweet sap of the birch tree and drink it as an ambrosial spring tonic - cleansing, invigorating, and rejuvenating. Birch sap is a delightful beverage, fresh off the tree. It can replace any liquids in baking and cooking. Birch sap makes delicious tea and ice-tea, root-beer, wine, and beer. Pure, natural birch sap is a traditional beverage in Russia and in many European countries. Tap into spring with this natural tonic! The birch tree is Saskatchewan's provincial tree and a natural medicine cabinet in northern latitudes all around the globe.
Birch sap contains ~1% fructose and glucose, also vitamins A and C, malic, succinic, and fumaric acids, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Birch sap is a blood cleanser and thus an excellent remedy for any kind of skin problems. Many studies have shown improvements in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and gout when drinking birch sap.
We wild-harvest birch sap in April in the wilderness of northern Saskatchewan. The typical birch sap season lasts only a few weeks. Fresh birch sap can be refrigerated for 3-5 days. It keeps best frozen.