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Maple Syrup - Did You Know?

Fun Facts About Maple Syrup


Sure, most of us have enjoyed pure maple syrup on our pancakes, or the sweet crunch of maple sugar candy. But did you know?
  • It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup

  • Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple candy.

  • It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar

  • A gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds

  • The sugar content of sap averages 2.5 percent; sugar content of maple syrup is at least 66 percent or more

  • Usually a maple tree is at least 30 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped

  • As the tree increases in diameter, more taps can be added - up to a maximum of four taps

  • Tapping does no permanent damage and only 10 percent of the sap is collected each year. Many maple trees have been tapped for 150 or more years.

  • Each tap will yield an average of 10 gallons of sap per season, producing about one quart of syrup.

  • The maple season may last eight to 10 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for about 10-20 days in the early spring.

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