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Birch syrup explored as add-on to maple industry

  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse checks the flow of his tapped white birch trees in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse checks the flow of his tapped white birch trees in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse checks the flow of his tapped white birch trees in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse checks the flow of his tapped white birch trees in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse checks the flow of his tapped white birch trees in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse checks the flow of his tapped white birch trees in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse poses in front of one of his tapped white birch trees, in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse poses in front of one of his tapped white birch trees, in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse poses in front of one of his tapped white birch trees, in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse poses in front of one of his tapped white birch trees, in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse poses in front of one of his tapped white birch trees, in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse poses in front of one of his tapped white birch trees, in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse pours fresh white birch sap into the evaporator in Lee, N.H. Moore has been using white birch to make his new sweet birch syrup. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse pours fresh white birch sap into the evaporator in Lee, N.H. Moore has been using white birch to make his new sweet birch syrup. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse pours fresh white birch sap into the evaporator in Lee, N.H. Moore has been using white birch to make his new sweet birch syrup. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse pours fresh white birch sap into the evaporator in Lee, N.H. Moore has been using white birch to make his new sweet birch syrup. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse pours fresh white birch sap into the evaporator in Lee, N.H. Moore has been using white birch to make his new sweet birch syrup. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse pours fresh white birch sap into the evaporator in Lee, N.H. Moore has been using white birch to make his new sweet birch syrup. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse  Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse  Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse  Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Thursday March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake, left, and Michelle Moore check the flow of birch sap at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Thursday March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake, left, and Michelle Moore check the flow of birch sap at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Thursday March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake, left, and Michelle Moore check the flow of birch sap at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Thursday March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake, left, and Michelle Moore check the flow of birch sap at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Thursday March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake, left, and Michelle Moore check the flow of birch sap at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Thursday March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake, left, and Michelle Moore check the flow of birch sap at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse checks the flow of his tapped white birch trees in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse checks the flow of his tapped white birch trees in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse checks the flow of his tapped white birch trees in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse poses in front of one of his tapped white birch trees, in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse poses in front of one of his tapped white birch trees, in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Wednesday, March 28, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse poses in front of one of his tapped white birch trees, in Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse pours fresh white birch sap into the evaporator in Lee, N.H. Moore has been using white birch to make his new sweet birch syrup. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse pours fresh white birch sap into the evaporator in Lee, N.H. Moore has been using white birch to make his new sweet birch syrup. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, David Moore of the Crooked Chimney sugarhouse pours fresh white birch sap into the evaporator in Lee, N.H. Moore has been using white birch to make his new sweet birch syrup. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse  Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse  Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse  Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Thursday March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake, left, and Michelle Moore check the flow of birch sap at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Thursday March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake, left, and Michelle Moore check the flow of birch sap at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • In this Thursday March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake, left, and Michelle Moore check the flow of birch sap at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Maple syrup season is coming to an end across much of the Northeast, but a different kind of sap is just starting to run: birch.

Birch syrup is made in a similar manner as maple syrup, but it tastes completely different and commands a significantly higher price. There is a small but growing industry in western Canada and Alaska, and both Cornell University and the University of Vermont are studying whether it could be a profitable venture for established maple syrup producers in the Northeast.

David Moore of The Crooked Chimney sugarhouse in Lee has been making and selling birch syrup since 2009. His research has shown that New Hampshire’s state tree – the white birch – has a higher sugar content than other varieties.

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