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. 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.
Notes and references
- 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.
- Maple Syrup, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture; figures used to compute averages, converted, rounded