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10 Facts About Tapping Maple Trees That You Maybe Didn't Know

Mar 21, 2023 11:09PM ● By Stephanie Hatley
Did you know that March is when the sap starts flowing from maple trees? That delicious sweetness you enjoy on pancakes, waffles, and French toast relies on a slow start to spring for harvesting. Let’s look at 10 facts about tapping maple trees to celebrate the beginning of spring and the maple harvest season!

1. Quebec, Canada, is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup.

2. The oldest sugar maple in North America, known as the Comfort Maple, grows in Ontario and is thought to be 500 years old.

3. It takes an average of 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.

4. A maple tree can yield sap used for making syrup for 100 years.

5. A single maple tree can produce between 5 to 15 gallons of sap per season.

6. Vermont produces about 50 percent of the United States syrup.

7. In 2022, Vermont’s sugar makers produced a record 2.5 million gallons processed in more than 3,000 sugarhouses statewide.

8. When buds start to appear on the trees, the sap turns bitter in flavor.

9. Maple syrup is categorized by color and flavor. The darker the syrup, the stronger the flavor.

10. 100 percent pure Vermont maple syrup has only 40 calories per tablespoon, unlike corn syrup, which has 60 calories per tablespoon.

If you're looking to start this hobby, check out Maple Sugaring, New Hampshire, for more information.

It's time for those maple trees to start flowing!

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