Maple Syrup Facts
A maple tree lasts at least 100 years and is 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped once.
As a tree increases in diameter, more taps can be added, up to a maximum of 4.
Tapping does no permanent damage to the tree. Only 10% of the sap is collected each year.
Warm sunny days above 5 degrees Celcius and frosty nights are ideal for sap flow.
The maple season may last 4-6 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for 10-20 days.
The harvest season ends with the arrival of warm spring nights and early bud development in the trees.
40 gallons of sap equals 1 gallon of syrup.
Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, sugar, and candy.
The sugar content of sap averages 2.5%, while the sugar content of syrup average 66.6%.
Maple syrup actually won’t freeze.
It takes one gallon of syrup to make 8 lbs maple sugar.
Stirred Maple sugar is fat free.