April 15: Birch

“Meekness” is the sentiment conveyed in the Language of Flowers by the Birch, the flower for this date.

Although commonly called the Spruce Goose, the Hughes H-4 Hercules was actually made almost entirely from Birch wood.

Ground Birch bark, fermented in sea water, was the preferred seasoning for the woolen, linen, or hemp sails and hemp rope found on traditional Norwegian sailing ships.

Birch beer, brewed from the sap and/or the bark of the Birch tree, has been popular since Colonial times. Today’s manufacturers include Crush and Fanta, along with a dozen others. The drink is readily available in the northeastern United States and Newfoundland in Canada.

 

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