22 TREES THAT CAN BE TAPPED FOR SAP AND SYRUP
Most people associate syrup with the maple tree, and although much of today’s syrup does originate from the sugar maple, all species of maple can be tapped. Even better, many other trees from other genera can be tapped to extract sap, which ultimately can be turned into delicious syrup.
Birch And Poplar Syrup Great Everyday Substitute for Maple
The natives of North America have a long history of gathering birch syrup. It is more bitter, but equally of culinary value. Birch is a member of the willow family, of which poplar also is a member.
And birch or poplar sap runs later, in a shorter window than maple, since the trees generally are found further north.
Most willows contain salicylate, the primary component of ASA (Aspirin), which is an excellent pain reliever. It is also astringent, anti-bacterial and diuretic, making birch sap-based home remedies a multi-purpose health solution.
TAPPING WALNUT TREES FOR A NOVEL AND DELICIOUS SYRUP
Sap flow in walnut trees was first reported in North America in the 19th century as part of a comprehensive study of sap flow in plants.
Another aspect of walnut syrup production that requires further attention is the large quantities of pectin found naturally occurring in the sap.