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Birch juice

"Nature's Gatorade"

From the May, 2011 issue

A number of Ann Arborites tap maple trees each spring. Bella Sherman, however, may be the only one to harvest "birch juice"-a delicacy in Russia, Ukraine, and a few other northern countries. Sherman, a native of Ukraine, arrived in Ann Arbor in 2001 to join the man who became her husband. She walked all over the west side before finding a few birches big enough to tap-and now, with the owners' permission, she collects their sap each spring. "I have never gotten used to American soft drinks or snacks," she explains. "They are just too sweet or

 
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