## Sap in the Sugar Maple Tree

## Which Variety of Maple Tree Produces the Best Syrup?

Other commonly tapped maples include the Red Maple (or Soft Maple), Black Maple andSilver Maple.

And now, we take a moment to give you this brief science lesson: Sugar is produced in the leaves during photosynthesis. It is transported into the wood and stored during the winter, mostly in the form of carbohydrates. It is then converted to sucrose and dissolved in the sap.

Now that you know where the maple sugar comes from, you’ll appreciate it even more the next time you’re pouring it over your pancakes! (Read about Maple Sap Production)

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## More Than Just Syrup

- Maple granulated sugar
- Maple-molded sugar confections
- Maple-filled chocolate drops
- Maple-coated almonds, peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pretzels
- Maple granola
- Maple yogurt
- Maple spread (cream)
- Maple apple butter
- Maple jelly
- Maple walnut ice cream topping
- Maple dog biscuits
- Maple BBQ sauce
- Maple mustard
- Maple salad dressing
- Maple tea
- Maple coffee
- Maple granola
- Maple kettlecorn
- Maple-coated popcorn
- Maple fudge
- Maple milkshakes
- Maple ice cream
- Maple soda pop
- Maple lollipops
- Maple hard candy
- Maple peanut brittle
- Maple snow cone
- Maple slushie
- Maple cotton candy
- Maple pepper

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## Meet the Maples!

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## How Much Sap Can One Tree Produce?

And as long as a tree remains healthy, it should continue to produce sap for years if not decades. In fact, some trees have been producing sap for more than 100 years! A healthy tree, when properly tapped, should not suffer any adverse health effects and should be able to produce sap for many years to come.

Keep in mind that it takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to produce just one delicious gallon of fresh maple syrup! We should point out, however, that the sugar concentration of the sap can vary from 1 percent to as high as 5 percent, and this will drastically impact how much sap it takes to produce a gallon of syrup. For example, 2 percent sap takes 40 gallons to make one gallon of syrup – but you seldom get a tree that makes that. It tends to vary through the season, also, with sugar concentration falling lower as the season progresses. Just something to think about!

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## Five Reasons to Buy Pure Maple Syrup

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## A Taste for Every Palate

That delicious maple flavor can change depending on the region from which the syrup is harvested. Items that can impact flavor include soil type, weather conditions, tree genetics and more. But no matter where the sap is collected, the end result is a syrup that’s healthier than today’s imitation syrup products typically found in most grocery stores.

When it comes to flavor intensity, much can be learned from the syrup’s color; the darker the syrup, the stronger the flavors. The grades are Light Amber (golden color, delicate maple flavor), Medium (amber color, rich maple flavor), Dark (dark brown color, robust maple flavor), and Extra Dark for cooking (very dark brown color, strong maple flavor). Please note that “for cooking” is used as a guideline only and that the syrup can be used for many different reasons.

Now, just think of all the fun awaiting you as you experiment with various grades and flavors of maple syrup!