1. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of maple syrup.
2. In early spring, sap flow is caused by a daily fluctuation in temperature. Below freezing temps at night and warming above 32 degrees during the day causes sap to flow.
3. Maple syrup is a 100% natural product with nothing else added.
4. Scientists from the University of Rhode Island have identified 54 beneficial natural compounds in pure maple syrup.
5. In 2012, thieves stole $20 million dollars worth of syrup from reserves in Montreal, Canada.
6. In Japan, people eat fried maple leaves as a delicacy.
7. Canada produces over 80% of the world’s total maple syrup supply.
8. There are several grades and colors of maple syrup, and each has different flavors and nuances. Syrup produced early in the season is light amber with light flavor, and gradually darkens in color and strengthens in flavor as the sugaring season progresses.
9. The maple tree is the only tree that is self healing.
10. Maple water is the new coconut water! Maple sap is now commercially sold as a beverage.
11. Drinking sap from the maple tree known as Gorosoe has long been a spring tradition in South Korea.
12. Sap is enjoyed at heated public bath houses across South Korea each spring. They believe in sweating out toxins from the body and rejuvenating the body with healthy minerals and nutrients from maple sap.
Make your own maple syrup at home with a tree tapping kit!