So There I was, driving down our old dusty red dirt road when out of the corner of my eye I noticed a delicious and perfectly ripe passion fruit hanging from a stand of elderberries. So naturally I came to a skidding halt and the dog went flying of the bench seat into the dash again. Poor dog!
I got out and released the children from their restraints. They climbed out just as happy as I was to see all the lovely passion fruits dangling in front of them. I grabbed one down and opened it up to reveal the most heavenly sent. Then my son said “Mmmmm mom it smells like juicy fruit gum.”
And then I found myself standing their with another project for my to do list..... “how to make juicy fruit flavored pitch gum”
So this is where you guys come in and tell me how to make pitch gum and how to add the juice of the passion fruit to the gum and what trees I can use to collect the sap from.
From my YouTubeing adventures, everyone of those videos is how to take pitch from black spruce trees. Well, I have red cedar, white oak, hickory..... no pines of any kind. So another question is can I just take sap from any tree? Is all tree sap edible or consumable?
Not all tree saps are consumable!
Sweetgum sap is used as gum.
posted 5 days ago
After I posted this I did a little more internet digging and found many ways to score a tree for sap, what trees to use and what countries are making and selling pitch gum. Did you know that Switzerland is the ONLY country that sells red cedar gum.... I know, we could all be making a killing right.
So I went right outside to the barn yard and skinned and scored one of the red cedar trees. This picture is what I did. However once I saw the sap dripping out of the tree I realized that I didn’t even need to score it how I did, a straight score downwards with a knife would have been fine or simply a puncture would have been fine. Skinning the area does eliminate the all that bark from being collected as well.
In my experience, old hard dried sap makes better gum than fresh oozy sap. Fresh sap is too sticky and doesn't have any "body" to it.
For example, ponderosa pine sap turns red-orange when it's old and dried out, and it chews quite nicely. But if you try to chew it before it starts to turn a darker color, it's way too sticky and soft and it comes apart and gets stuck all over your teeth.