Maple Info

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What would you like to know about maple?

  • Maple syrup is 100% natural and organic.
  • Only a few places in the world have the right climate for sugar maples. They included New England, upstate New York, Michigan, the Maritime provinces, and southern Quebec & Ontario.
  • Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state.
  • When done properly, tapping does no permanent damage to the tree.
  • Each tap will yield an average of 10 gallons of sap per season, producing one quart of maple syrup.
  • It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to equal one gallon of syrup.
  • The sugar content of sap is approximately 2.5%.
  • The sugar content of maple syrup is approximately 66%.
  • Real maple syrup contains no preservatives. Opened cans of syrup should  be kept in the refridgerator or freezer.
  • The maple season typically lasts from February through April, though for most people it lasts 3-4 weeks. Sap flows best when nighttime temperatures are below freezing while daytime temperatures are above freezing. Of course bright spring sunshine shining down on the trees never hurts either.
  • The standard size of a tap hole in a maple tree is 7/16". Our tap holes are 5/16". The smaller size is considered a 'tree saver' spout. The claim is that the 1/8" difference in size allows the tree to heal more quickly.
  • A maple tree can be tapped once it reaches 10" or approximately 30 years old. Trees approximately 18" in diameter can have two taps while trees over 24" diameter can hold three or even four taps. It is not recommended to place more than four taps in a tree.
  • And finally, unlike bees, maple trees don't sting. You just have to watch out for widowmakers.

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