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Drinkin' Trees

I was chatting with a couple of guys in their 70's and 80's today at the senior center and they were telling stories about tapping maple trees and boiling down the sap to make syrup. They'd cook it down over a big fire and stay up all night to tend it. I was so fascinated it got me to thinking about maple sap. I had this weird idea that if you drank it straight, maybe it would taste like coconut water (which I loooove.)

Anyway, for once I remembered to look up "that thing" I was wondering about when I got home. Believe you me, I wonder plenty and much of it leaves my brain before I follow up on it. So once I researched, I discovered:

1. Yes, people do drink fresh maple sap and it's lightly sweet. I hope I get to try it sometime.
2. You can make syrup out of other trees, particularly black walnut and birch, but they don't taste like maple syrup. Now I want to try those, too!

Oh yeah, and evidently you can make moonshine. I didn't notice this on the websites but I believe the guys, since the wife of one told me they have a still in their basement :D


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Aug. 28th, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
In sweden, we gather birch sap. It contains a lot of vitamins that helped people,(and their cattle) through the end of winter in the 1800-1900th centuries. Today some people still drink it to stay healthy.

I once was given some fancy carbonated water with birch sap in it for flavouring and didn't realize it had birch in it (I didn't read the lable on the bottle). I'm allergic to birch. Fortunately, I had the same reaction as if I eat an raw apple or hazelnuts = my throath gets swollen and very uncomfortable but I can still breathe. But it really scared me and could've been so much worse.

From what I remember, it tasted somewhat like a tart/acidic tree. ;)It wasn't an unpleasant flavour.
Aug. 28th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
Throat closing = SCARY!

Actually, now that you mention it, I wonder if Birch Beer was originally flavored with birch sap. (It's an old fashioned soda, not a beer.)
Aug. 28th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
I knew you could make moonshine from it, but had no idea you could drink fresh maple sap, I mean it makes sense, I just didn't think it would be thin enough...

And yes you make me want to try the other syrup as well!!!

Aug. 29th, 2015 09:17 am (UTC)
It takes 40 parts sap to make 1 part syrup, so I suspect it would be the consistency of juice. In one of the videos I saw, it just looked like water coming out of the tree.
Aug. 29th, 2015 11:41 am (UTC)
Oh wow! I had NO idea! How interesting! Thanks!
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