Quantity value updating sap 5 principles of relative dating
This is a question I’m frequently asked, quite often by people who have tried and have been disappointed that what drips from the tree tastes pretty much like water, not the sweet ambrosial nectar they had expected. There are as many possible answers to this as there are theroies on the precise mechanisms that allow the sap to ride in the first place (this 34-page article makes interesting reading if you’ve ever puzzled over that question)………..
In the Ukraine and parts of Russia the sap is collected and sold as a type of mineral water, so they clearly value it.
The images below from 2010 show me exploring an idea at the edge of absurdity and extreme.
I wanted to discover what would happen if I tapped without permission in one of the most inappropriate places possible.
The result here was wonderfully and dramatically predictable: Two flanks of battle-ready police coming at me from two directions.
To their credit, as I did my best to act like a clueless idiot, they were very good natured about it all. Bottom line: get permission and tap trees in a woodland, hedgerow, open fields or your own garden.
So far, I’ve not succeeded in getting any sap from this tree, but would love to hear from anybody who has had success in obtaining it.
I tested: Indean Bean Tree, Service Tree, Goat Willow, White Willow, Lime, Hawthorn, Red Oak, Pedunculate Oak, Sessile Oak, Black Poplar, Apple, Rosa multiflora, Himalayan Honeysuckle, Fushia, Horse Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, Wysteria, Ash, Rowan, Black Mulberry, Larch, Beech, Cutleaf Japanese Maple, Japanese Flowering Quince, Grape (Vitis vinifera and Vitis coignetiae), Porcelain Vine (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var.maximowiczii ‘Elegans’), Paper Birch, Climbing Hydrangea, Cornelian Cherry, and a mysterious unidentified tree.
None of these produced noticable sap, dripping or otherwise, apart from the last four.
Two places were chosen: Right outside The Ministry of Defense in London, and very near to The Houses of Parliament (note: no trees were actually drilled, so I wasn’t really foraging, just pretending to).
This was with a view to writing an article about foraging and the law (which I still haven’t got around to writing).
https://wildfoodism.com/2014/02/04/22-trees-that-can-be-tapped-for-sap-and-syrup/ My somewhat random and inconclusive explorations in the garden nevertheless revealed some interesting discoveries.