About Maple Syrup
Maple Syrup is a natural sweetener produced by boiling the sap of maple trees. It can be produced anywhere that maple trees grow, but the bulk of the world's supply is generated only in a few Canadian provinces and U.S. states. Maple trees only produce sap suitable for making maple syrup for only a few weeks each year during favorable weather conditions.
Maple sap is collected from the trees by inserting spigots into small holes bored into the trees through which the sap drips out into a bucket or into plastic tubes that travel to holding tanks. The larger the tree, the more sap it will produce. The amount of sap a tree produces is also greatly influenced by weather. The best conditions are when daytime temperatures are above freezing and nighttime temperatures are below freezing. The tree reacts to these changes in temperature by producing more sap.
The sap is collected and then boiled down to create syrup. It takes forty litres of sap to produce one litre of maple syrup.
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