Birken Tree

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    • This is a fascinating, refreshing and healthy thirst quencher that brings with it the essence of mountain air and clear lochs. Birchwater is an ancient drink, harvested sustainably from birch woodland and sold beautifully bottled for the table or al fresco.It is pure, refreshing and delicious. Aromatic birch leaves also available, all with attributed health benefits – and a great drink for the driver too!

      In Scotland Birchwater was used a health tonic, for new-born babies and for wine making. Branches were used to smoke hams and to keep the fires going for distilling whisky.

      Highlanders believed Birchwater to have health benefits to liver and kidneys. Babies whose mothers were very poor and dietary deficient would be given birch sap to help restore their health and give them energy. Birchwater can be used as the liquid to make porridge, and for poaching fish. It is delicious as a non-alcoholic drink and also as a mixer with spirits.

      ‘Rob and Gabrielle are a husband and wife team whose combination of forester and healer have led them on a journey to revive the folk knowledge surrounding the use of Birch trees that was once widespread in the Highlands.’

      Birken Tree: Pure Highland Birchwater and Birch products & Woodland Management and Forestry Consultancy

      • The Scotsman Food and drink Awards 2019 Finalists – Best innovative product of the year
      • Semi-finalist in the Scottish Edge 2019 Business Competition
      • Scottish Rural Awards 2019 Finalists- Start-up business Category
      • Perthshire Business Star Awards 2018 & 2019 Finalists – Excellence in Food and Drink Produce

      Most photos © Birken Tree.

    Birchwater is boarded on Slow Food Ark of Taste. https://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/ark-of-taste-slow-food/birch-water/

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