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Fun Facts

  • It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup
  • A tree has to be about 40 years old before its big enough to be tapped
  • Each tap will produce about 10 gallons of sap per season.
  • A gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds
  • If you pour a glass of water and a glass of maple sap side by side you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
  • Michigan ranks in the top 10 in the nation for maple syrup production.
  • Maple syrup is Michigan’s first agricultural harvest each year.
  • At its peak maple sap flows at a rate of about 200 drops per minute or “two drops per heartbeat” as old sugar makers say.
  • Healthy trees heal old tap wounds within three years and have large crowns of branches and leaves during the summer.
  • You have to make a new tap hole each year.
  • Maple sap must be kept cold and processed right away to make the best quality maple syrup.
  • Maple sap is what the tree uses to make buds.
  • Once a tree buds maple sugaring ends because the syrup will become very bitter after the budding.
  • The sap “runs” when tempetures fall below freezing (32 degrees F.) at night and thaw during the day

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