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Maple Syrup - Did You Know?

Fun Facts About Maple Syrup

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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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