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Anyone tried drinking tree sap?

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I hit my silver birch tree with an axe, and it bled drips of clear liquid. I actually felt quite bad about hurting it, but anyway, I'm fairly sure I saw on TV once (probably one of those Ray Mears sor… Read More
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
I hit my silver birch tree with an axe, and it bled drips of clear liquid. I actually felt quite bad about hurting it, but anyway, I'm fairly sure I saw on TV once (probably one of those Ray Mears sorts of things) that tree sap tastes okay, and is rich in vitamin C and various anti-toxins. Anyone given it a try, or should I just give it a shot myself and report back?
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
give it a shot andd report back!!! i bet it wont be sweet!
#2
go for it
#3
Good luck on drinking that.
Heard you can but don't know what tree you can.
#4
Edible Uses*
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Edible Rating: 4/5
Inner bark - cooked or dried and ground into a meal[2, 15, 105]. It can be added as a thickener to soups etc or can be mixed with flour for making bread, biscuits etc. Inner bark is generally only seen as a famine food, used when other forms of starch are not available or are in short supply[115, 177, K]. Sap - raw or cooked. A sweet flavour. It is harvested in early spring, before the leaves unfurl, by tapping the trunk. It makes a pleasant drink[115]. It is often concentrated into a syrup by boiling off the water[2, 9, 13, 15, 177]. Between 4 and 7 litres can be drawn off a mature tree in a day and this will not kill the tree so long as the tap hole is filled up afterwards[115]. However, prolonged or heavy tapping will kill the tree[115]. The flow is best on sunny days following a frost. The sap can be fermented into a beer. An old English recipe for the beer is as follows:- "To every Gallon of Birch-water put a quart of Honey, well stirr'd together; then boil it almost an hour with a few Cloves, and a little Limon-peel, keeping it well scumm'd. When it is sufficiently boil'd, and become cold, add to it three or four Spoonfuls of good Ale to make it work...and when the Test begins to settle, bottle it up . . . it is gentle, and very harmless in operation within the body, and exceedingly sharpens the Appetite, being drunk ante pastum."[269]. Young leaves - raw or cooked[15]. Young catkins[15]. No more details are given. A tea is made from the leaves[15, 161] and another tea is made from the essential oil in the inner bark[21].

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Inner bark - the bark that is found just beneath the tough outer bark of trees and shrubs.
Leaves -
Sap - usually of trees and usually but not always used as a drink.
Tea - the various herb teas that can be used in place of tea, plus the genuine article.
Medicinal Uses*
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Medicinal Rating: 3/5
Anti-inflammatory, cholagogue, diaphoretic[21, 165, 201]. The bark is diuretic and laxative[7]. An oil obtained from the inner bark is astringent and is used in the treatment of various skin afflictions, especially eczema and psoriasis[4, 238]. The bark is usually obtained from trees that have been felled for timber and can be distilled at any time of the year[238]. The inner bark is bitter and astringent, it is used in treating intermittent fevers[4]. The vernal sap is diuretic[4]. The buds are balsamic[7]. The young shoots and leaves secrete a resinous substance which has acid properties, when combined with alkalis it is a tonic laxative[4]. The leaves are anticholesterolemic and diuretic[7]. They also contain phytosides, which are effective germicides[7]. An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of gout, dropsy and rheumatism, and is recommended as a reliable solvent of kidney stones[4]. The young leaves and leaf buds are harvested in the spring and dried for later use[238]. A decoction of the leaves and bark is used for bathing skin eruptions[4]. Moxa is made from the yellow fungous excrescences of the wood, which sometimes swell out of the fissures[4].

Anticholesterolemic - Prevents the build up of cholesterol.
Antiinflammatory - Reduces inflammation of joints, injuries etc.
Antirheumatic - Treats rheumatism.
Antiseptic - Preventing sepsis, decay or putrefaction, it destroys or arrests the growth of micro-organisms.
Astringent - Produces contraction in living tissue, reducing the flow of secretions and discharges of blood, mucus, diarrhoea etc.
Bitter - Increases the appetite and stimulates digestion by acting on the mucous membranes of the mouth. Also increases the flow of bile, stimulates repair of the gut wall lining and regulates the secretion of insulin and glucogen.
Cholagogue - Increases the flow of bile and its discharge from the body.
Diaphoretic - Induces perspiration.
Diuretic - Acts on the kidneys, promoting the flow of urine.
Laxative - Stimulates bowel movements in a fairly gentle manner.
Lithontripic - Removes stones from the kidney, bladder etc.
Miscellany - Various medicinal actions that need more clarification.
Skin - Plants used in miscellaneous treatments for the skin.

DISCLAIMER: All information published on AussieGardening.com.au is for entertainment purposes only. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information contained here with other sources. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by doctors or dietary advice by dieticians. AussieGardening.com.au will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages arising therefrom.
#5
I read somewhere that you can make wine out of silver birch sap so it must be ok. Good luck!
#6
"I'm fairly sure I saw on TV once"

Famous last words? lol
#7
You can drink the sap from Silver Birch. Ray Mears also shows this on TV. As long as you plug the hole back up the tree will be fine, otherwise it will bleed to death. I've had a little taste and its not too bad.
#8
Sheep87
give it a shot andd report back!!! i bet it wont be sweet!


I remember Mears draining sap from a tree once and he said it was really sweet, not sure what type of tree though.

I suppose he might have meant sweeeeeeeeeet as in sweeeeeeeeeeet as a nut me old china!
#9
Its been 30 minutes since he/she posted this...i hope they are ok? I remember watching that movie : Into the Wild, and the poor guy ate the wrong plant although it looked like the safe edible version it was poisonous.
#10
Trickyjabs
I remember Mears draining sap from a tree once and he said it was really sweet, not sure what type of tree though.

I suppose he might have meant sweeeeeeeeeet as in sweeeeeeeeeeet as a nut me old china!


It was the Silver Birch tree. Usually March/April is the best time to do it. Takes all night to drain about a litre though.
#11
Wish I had a maple tree :(
#12
kaits
Its been 30 minutes since he/she posted this...i hope they are ok? I remember watching that movie : Into the Wild, and the poor guy ate the wrong plant although it looked like the safe edible version it was poisonous.


I'm still alive. Just still waiting for my neighbours to go back indoors so I can try it without those looks that say "Right, you're clearly insane, no more surplus fruit for you, m'boy, and stop looking at my daughter's bra".
#13
dxx;4977953
I'm still alive. Just still waiting for my neighbours to go back indoors so I can try it without those looks that say "Right, you're clearly insane, no more surplus fruit for you, m'boy, and stop looking at my daughter's bra".

:w00t:
#14
i tried it before thought it was treemendous. lol anyone? no? *sigh*
#15
dxx
I'm still alive. Just still waiting for my neighbours to go back indoors so I can try it without those looks that say "Right, you're clearly insane, no more surplus fruit for you, m'boy, and stop looking at my daughter's bra".


Something else we should know about you, tree-boy ?
#16
kyalion
Something else we should know about you, tree-boy ?


hes only human? would you be more worried if he said, my sons something??
#17
im guessing washing on line? lol
#18
loupomm
im guessing washing on line? lol


i bet probably more hoping than geussing
#19
shosie
i tried it before thought it was treemendous. lol anyone? no? *sigh*


:) Don't leaf your day job and branch out to comedy! :)
#20
Trickyjabs
:) Don't leaf your day job and branch out to comedy! :)


nah woodnt dream of it id be barking mad

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