Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Passing on a cultural tradition: Birch Syrup

Gaetan is from Quebec, Canada. And the cultural tradition is about maple syrup, but since we do not have maple trees, we used a birch tree. The principle is the same: one drills a small hole, about one inch deep into the tree, then a spigot is put in place and a bucked affixed to catch the water. Our birch was drawing about one liter of water in less than three hours. The water tastes faintly sweet and it is clear, something we cannot say about the water from the creek this time of the year.

Sampling birch water, 6.5.2014

Drilling a hole, 6.5.2014

Putting in a spigot, 6.5.2014

Affixing the bucket, 6.5.2014

Our birch, 6.5.2014


  1. Interesting post. What will you do with the birch sap?

  2. Thanks for your question! The liquid we harvest from our birch is water with a faint sweet taste. We drink it instead of creek-water which is murky right now.


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