Most consumers get their daily hydration from the tap or bottle. But according to USA Today.com, a new trend is emerging: sap water.
A few small Canadian firms have been selling maple water as a regional/seasonal for several years. Now, a New York company has started to make tree hydration commercially available to more Americans.
Maple sap itself is neither sticky nor overly sweet. In fact, it has the same consistency as water. Forty gallons of sap are needed to make just one gallon of maple syrup, which is what remains after the water gets boiled off.
The best part is that hydro-tapping trees doesn’t damage the tree itself. The best time to collect tree-water is during the spring. The warm days and cold nights cause trees to suck up more water from the ground at night. When a small hole gets drilled into the tree, the excess water can escape.
Slightly sweet to the taste, maple water is electrolyte-rich and also has extra minerals, such as manganese, calcium and iron. Though expensive, one Canadian brand sells 1.75 litres for almost $5, it seems to be experiencing some success at specialty markets.
For consumers with simpler tastes but who still appreciate the goodness of nature, there’s Ice Express. Our water and ice products are some of the purest and most refreshing on the market. And for added sweetness and electrolyte infusion, try our sports drink concentrates, which come a variety of delicious flavors including blue raspberry and red fruit punch. Ice Express may not be as trendy as tree water, but it’s every bit as healthy.