I'm all for a food fad. You will remember that 2014 celebrated the matrimony of the hottest new couple - the avocado and the poached egg. And hashtags 'raw food' and 'clean living' meant I was constantly made to feel either guilty of my own, or envious of other people's eating habits.
Having never quite been able to stomach coconut water I am welcoming with open arms the latest in natural liquid nutrients: the sweet, salubrious juice of the Birch. Set to knock the coconut straight out of the tree it could soon steal top place as our No.1 health drink.
Birch water is already being used by the health conscious and the athletic in various parts of Europe. The Russians and Eastern Europeans are particularly hot on it and so they should be.
Like coconut water, birch water is great for rehydration but it also naturally contains Xylitol, which makes it taste sweet but with a very low calorie content. Also, Birch Water contains electrolytes too and.. thanks to its diuretic properties.. it's a great detox!
So, how does one get hold of this elixir?
Well, to collect it in it's rawest form you can tap a little hole into a birch tree and collect the sap drop by drop.
Or, if you aren't fortunate enough to have a big old silver birch in your garden there are people like Sibberi to do it for you. Without hurting the tree they are able to siphon 5L of birch water per day! The harvest is done only once a year, between spring and winter and the water is collected by hand!
The tree is none the wiser - they aren't sucking the life from it, it continues to grow and flourish unharmed.
Get hold of your birch water via their website www.sibberi.com or from stockists Albion Counter and As Nature Intended and there will be a pop-up shop at Old Street Station from 13th to 26th of April, selling special Old Street Sibberi bottles, a Sibberi based cold press juice from Mae + Harvey and some pastries from Yeast Bakery (Netil market) for breakfast!
Meanwhile... I'm going to pop on a train and pay a visit to my Grandmother, who it seems has a whole forest of liquid gold in her garden.