Rich and spicy sweet, with a wonderful caramel-like flavor, Pure Kahiltna Gold Organic Birch Syrup is produced on the East family's homestead in Alaska's Susitna Valley, the vast river valley of the Alaska Range. Each spring the family collect the sap from the paper birch and evaporate it to syrup in much the same way pure maple syrup is produced. It takes approximately 115 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of birch syrup; maple by comparison is approximately 40:1. Fully concentrated, Kahiltna Gold pure birch syrup makes a superb sweetner, dessert topping or as a secret ingredient in your favorite recipes. It is wonderful on ice cream, in milkshakes, and coffee, and adds a robust sweetness to pancakes and waffles.
Birch Syrup is a truly unique flavor from Alaska's forests - and quite rare. At this time there is little commercial production of birch syrup anywhere else in the world. The predominant, naturally occurring sugar in birch syrup is fructose, as opposed to maple which contains primarily sucrose. Birch syrup is high in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, manganese, thiamin, and calcium. Tapping the trees does not injure them as it will take only 10-15% of the total sap production of the tree. One tap per tree limit; and each tree is given a two year rest between tappings.