It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup! The sap that comes out of the maple tree is made up of water and sugar. The sugar is much lower than the water. When the syrup producers boil, they are boiling the water out of the sap and leaving the sweet maple sugar!
No, while there is a small hole where spile is inserted; the trees are resilient and heal very quickly. Many producers use the same trees for decades!
Pure maple syrup is high in antioxidants! It’s also full of minerals like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Only 52 calories per tablespoon!
Through the year, maples convert starch into sugar. The sugar mixes with water absorbed by the tree roots. Cold nights make the tree suck the sap upwards. The warmth in the day lets the tree release the sap – the sap flows down and comes out of the tap.
Maple Syrup has 4 different kinds of grades!
Golden Maple Syrup with a Delicate Taste: Pure maple syrup in this class has a light to more pronounced golden color and a delicate or mild taste. It is the product of choice if you prefer a lighter colored maple syrup with a delicate or mild taste.
Amber Maple Syrup with a Rich Taste: Pure maple syrup in this class has a light amber color and a rich or full-bodied taste. It is the product of choice for prefer sweet rich flavor.
Dark Maple Syrup with Robust Taste Color: Pure maple syrup in this class has a dark color and a more robust or stronger taste than syrup in lighter color classes. Hearty robust flavor.
Very Dark Maple Syrup with a Strong Taste Color: Maple syrup in this class has a very strong taste. It is generally recommended for cooking purposes but some may prefer it for table use.
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