Every spring, when the snow melts, the nature awakens from the long winter. The birch trees begin to draw water underneath the frozen soil and for that reason birch water can be collected. Birch water is a clear liquid that is tapped straight from the birch tree. The time to collect the sap is short – it can be done only for a few weeks until the leaf buds burst open. You can drink the sap right after collection or it can be put aside for fermentation. The fresh birch water tastes slightly sweet and has a mild taste of spring.
Don’t worry, the tree will not dry out! The collection of birch water does not damage the tree as the cavity in the tree and the amount of birch sap collected are so small, hence the tree will recover within a year.