Maple syrup

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Traditional means of tapping for maple syrup; the bucket catches maple sap, which is then boiled down into the syrup

Maple syrup is a sweet syrup made from the boiled-down sap of maple trees. It is often eaten with pancakes or waffles. It is produced and is popular in Canada and the Northeastern United States, especially Vermont.

A single maple tree can tolerate several taps; each tap can produce about ten gallons of sap during the four to six week sugaring season. Ten gallons of sap boil down to about a quart of syrup, and requires three quarts of fuel oil for heating.[1] An average producer can manage about 500 taps, producing about 400 quarts of syrup in a season with a gross value of about $4,000.[2]

Notes and references

  1. How Maple Syrup is Made, Massachusetts Maple Producers association: several taps per tree, ten gallons of sap per tap, one quart of syrup from ten gallons, 60 gallons of fuel oil to boil 800 gallons of sap.
  2. Maple Syrup, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture; figures used to compute averages, converted, rounded
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