• Cheers, but not quite yet..

    Sitting on the doorstep this morning looking out at the large birch at the end of the walled garden & I spotted something drip-dripping from about twenty feet up the tree. No rain for days so what could it be? A closer look revealed a partially snapped branch, probably from the recent gales, and a steady drip of sap. The grass where it had dripped looked slightly frosted - it was crystalized sugar. Put out a bowl & in less than an hour collected this glass full. Beautifully clear, but smelling of nothing and tasting only very slightly sweet. In Scotland they tap the birch trees at this time of year, collecting a lot of liquid from which they make birch sap wine. With so little distinctive flavour in the raw material it's hard to imagine what it might taste like.


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