Birch sap can be collected at the start of spring, just when the trees start to bud. That is when the tree awakens and draws up moisture to feed the upcoming greenery.
I did this 2 years ago and harvested 5 litres in 24 hours from one mature tree. The same tree this year yielded about 300ml. The winter has been dry, as was last summer. This reduced harvest is evidence. We need more rain in this area for nature to thrive again.
Birch sap can be used during fasting as a purifying tonic. There are sugars and minerals in it so it’s like thick water.
Folk-lore uses vary per region. In eastern Europe it is claimed to “cure” freckles and in UK it is used to prevent baldness. So does this mean that I have to return to the UK for it to work?

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