How to Harvest Birch Water and What are the Benefits of drinking Birch Water?
Harvesting Birch Water is done during Spring time, just before the buds start to grow on the trees.
We went looking around for the perfect Birch Tree. Not too big and not too small in size. Start by drilling a hole into the tree trunk on a slight upward angle. You will immediately begin to see the water run down the tree trunk out of the drill hole. Insert a tube into the hole. You can also use a stick instead. The water will run along side the stick and drip right into your bucket. This method works just as well.
It takes quite a while to fill even just a cups worth of water, so you may want to tap a few trees at the same time. Remember not to take too much water from the same tree as the tree needs its water too. You also don't want to be putting holes in a bunch of different trees either, so only tap and take enough water that need.
After the tree was all set up and our bucket was in place we went for a ride and played around in the bush for a while. We returned to our Birch Tree Tap about 4 hours later. Our ice-cream bucket had about a quarter of the pail filled with Birch Water, so not really much within that length of time. But that was enough water for us. We pulled the tube out of the tree trunk and plugged up the drill hole. Remember to always plug up the hole once you are finished! You can use a cork or branch stub, pretty much anything you can find to stop the water from dripping out.
What are the Benefits of Drinking Birch Water or Birch Sap?
Birch sap may be consumed both fresh and naturally fermented. When fresh, it is a clear and uncoloured liquid, often slightly sweet with a slightly silky texture. After two to three days, the sap starts fermenting and the taste becomes more acidic.
Birch Water offers numerous nutrients, especially vitamins and minerals.
-Rich in Manganese and Magnesium •Birch water contains a 130% of the DV for manganese in just 10.2 ounces (300 ml) This essential mineral is vital for bone development and maintenance. •Helps reduce spinal bone loss. •Protects cells from oxidative damage and may reduce your risk of several chronic diseases.
•Aids your digestion of proteins, carbs, and cholesterol and may help manage blood sugar and prevent epileptic seizures.