Most of the time when I am talking with people about pure maple syrup from maple sap, the question of how much sap does it take comes up. Then I tell them that it depends on the sugar content of the sap that the tree is dripping out, so I made the following chart. This chart is based off of the 86 Rule, which says, a fluid with 1% sugar content will take 86 gallons to boil down to one gallon of fluid at 67% sugar content. Sixty-seven percent is what maple syrup is in its finished state. Most of the time, the sugar content from trees is between 1.7% and 2.7%. This year has been a pretty slow year for sap all over the country.
Half way through January I posted that sap season was coming soon. I had no idea that we would start a lot later this year. We just put our first taps in the trees today! Hopefully we will still have a decent season with many sap runs. I continue to be amazed at the process of making maple syrup. Nothing is added to the sap after it comes out of the tree. The boiling down process removes the water by turning it into steam. The sugar content goes from around 2% all the way up to 67%. There have been several studies done on the medicinal values of this God made sugar. The University of Rhode Island found that there are 54 potentially medicinal compounds found in pure maple syrup. inflammatory agents. Initial studies also suggest that maple compounds may inhibit enzymes relevant in Type 2 diabetes management. Everyone should add this champion food to their diet
Well, it is almost that time of year again where we can sneak a little sap out of the maple trees while they refill with carbohydrates to start leaf production. We are excited about sap season at the Dunham Homestead because we use the sweetener a lot. We love that it is all natural with nothing added to it except heat. We use maple syrup along with the other all natural sweetener (honey) for just about everything. This year we will be scaling back some, and we will not be using any buckets at all. Everything that we have on tubing will be all we tap this year.