Wed, 20 Apr 2011: New vintage hits the shelves…



On top of them stand dozens of water bottles full of clear liquid. Every few seconds, motorists swerve to the side of the road, jump from their vehicles, throw a few coins down, grab a bottle and drive away.” “The stopping vehicles cause a huge traffic jam, but no-one seems to mind. It’s birch juice season in the Baltic States, and a few minutes’ delay is a small price to pay for a long, cool draught of freshly tapped birch sap,” the article goes on to say. DPA points out that Latvia’s mania for autumn mushrooming expeditions in its vast forests has been well documented, but the springtime birch juice season comes a close second as a national pastime. Armed with special hand drills, collecting bucke... Read the rest of this entry »

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