Maples & Sugaring from Maples

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  1. Pakanohida

    Pakanohida Junior Member

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    Does anyone know if it has to be specific varieties to collect sap for making maple syrup?

    Are there other trees that can be used as well but not used anymore?
     
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    Acer saccharum is the main one.
     
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    Also used but less commonly so are
    Acer rubrum
    Acer nigrum


    and it appears you can also use.
    Acer macrophyllum

    Or that's what Wiki tells me ;)
     
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    So it is mainly sugar maple Acer saccharum but also Red and Black Maples - but I am guessing
     
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    The main source of Maple Syrup is Acer saccharum, the sugar maple. However, indeed other maples can be used. Birches (Betula Alba) also can be used, the resulting syrup being "Birch Syrup" of course. The reason Acer saccharum is favoured is simply because of the relatively high degree of sap in the syrup. The finished syrup content of the raw sap averages about 2%.
     
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    Acer saccharum is the primary source for maple syrup. In 1968 I was in Vermont, I got to work on a sugar farm for a week. The sap vat held 50 gallons of sap and from that we got about 2.0 gallons of syrup once it was evaporated down in the sugar shack. My main job was to keep watch over the sap, keep the heat just at simmer and stir the sap as needed. I found it very interesting work and got to bring home 1/2 gal of what they called blonde syrup, it was the best I've ever had since then, The number of trees it takes to make a syrup business is mind blowing. I recently saw a sugar farm that has all the trees tapped into a main line with gravity flowing the sap to their sugar shack where it goes into the vats. Most trees will have around 4 taps installed to get the most sap they can and still have the tree live as I remember.
     
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    Good question, however it takes ages as you cannot tap a young tree. I heard the liquidambar works too, but I did not try it. And there is a gumtree you can tap, I think it is a tasmanian species. Probably nothing for a normal sized garden. At lest the cockatoos cannot steal your syrup!
     

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