Why you should drink water from trees
17 February 2017 • Author(s): Clara Vaisse, Co Founder, Sibberi Tree Water
We wanted to bring to market something that was natural, hydrating and low in sugars. Having been introduced to tree water by a friend in 2014, we decided that this was the ultimate solution and that we should launch it in the UK. We bypassed labs and factories, instead choosing to bottle water that came direct from nature’s source; from the forest itself.
Tree water is simply pure tree sap: undiluted and unaltered. People are often surprised at this, as they expect sap to be brown and sticky, but for certain trees it is clear as water. The most common sap to be bottled comes from the birch tree and is popular in Eastern Europe, mainly in Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Latvia where we first sourced our precious sap. The other common tree waters are maple sap and bamboo sap. Tree water is just as hydrating as coconut water, yet it has only a quarter of the amount of sugar. Proving to be no fleeting trend, the UK’s thirst for tree waters is growing and the popularity of birch water continues to rise.
Birch water has long been favoured across Nordic folk cultures as a spring tonic to cleanse the body after a long, harsh winter. Birch water tastes a little sweet – from naturally occurring xylitol – and beautifully crisp, with a delightful aftertaste of the forest. A rare and prized ingredient, birch sap can only be harvested during the first two weeks of April, at which time the nutrients stored in the roots travel through the thawing tree to swell the buds to bloom. The tree starts pumping the water from the ground when the snow melts away which is the natural signal for spring time!
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