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Fun Maple Facts
30-60 gallons of sap are needed to make one gallon of maple syrup.
It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar.
Usually a maple tree is at least 20 years old and 10 inches in diameter before it is tapped.
Each tap will yield an average of 10-15 gallons of sap per season, producing about one quart of syrup.
Tapping does no permanent damage and only about 10 percent of the sap is collected each year. Many maple trees have been tapped for 150 or more years.
Several species of birds have discovered how to tap maples as well. However, they’re not seeking the sugar, but rather the bugs that are attracted to the sugar.
Maple syrup is composed of balanced sugars, minerals, vitamins and amino acids which make it unique from other sweeteners.
The flavor and color of the syrup changes throughout the sugaring season with changes in sap chemistry as the tree prepares to bud.
Canada produces more maple syrup than any other country
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