I just had my mind blown. While Lisa and I were collecting sap from our maple trees, Judy was doing the same from a birch tree in her backyard in Spruce Grove. She just brought over some of her birch syrup. I had a spoonful. I’m reeling.
I mentioned that our maple syrup has a distinct fruitiness that I’ve never come across in commercial syrup. Judy’s birch syrup tastes like fruit juice – like pear juice, I would say – and it finishes with some of the green, nutty flavour of the fresh sap.
The birch syrup is very thin, nowhere near as thick and sticky as store-bought syrup. The flavour is remarkable. I don’t know exactly how I’ll use it in my kitchen. I might just have a spoonful for breakfast every morning, until its gone.