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Maple Syrup Facts


How is Maple Syrup Produced?

Sap Dripping from Maple Sugar Tree

Maple syrup is produced from the sap collected from the Sugar Maple tree. Maple sap is clear, watery and contains only 2-4% sugar. The season begins in late February with the tapping of the sugar maple trees. A hole is drilled into the tree.  A spout is then driven into the hole. A bucket is hung or pipeline (plastic tubing) is attached to collect the  sap. The sap begins to flow when  temperatures begin to rise above freezing during the day but fall below freezing at night.  The sap is collected into gathering tanks and brought to the sugarhouse to be boiled in the evaporator. The sap will run intermittently over the next 4-6 weeks until the weather warms and the buds begin to form on the trees, usually early to mid- April. 

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Maple trees that produce sap are at least 40 years old. It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of Maple Syrup. It will take the annual sap output of four mature maple trees to produce one gallon of maple syrup. Vermont remains the largest single producer of Maple Syrup in the United States.


Nutritional Facts

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Maple Syrup is a completely natural product, without preservatives or additives.  It is nutritionally important, containing:

  • Minerals (calcium, potassium) Maple Syrup has the same calcium content as whole milk
  • Vitamins (B2, B5, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid)
  • Amino Acids

Maple Syrup has only 40 calories per TBsp. Corn syrup has 60 calories per TBsp.


Care and Storage of Maple Syrup

Unopened, maple syrup will last indefinitely. Keep the unopened container in a cool, dark place. Once opened, store in the refrigerator or freezer.


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