Maple syrup does not come into sugaring season until the end of winter when the temperatures finally start warming up again, but it's right now in the dead of winter where we prep our lines, tap our trees and do a lot of heavy lifting to bring us right to the point before the sap flows.
The sweet nectar of the sugar maples doesn't come easily – or cheaply – and there's a reason for that. We're about to explain why, along with some other maple syrup info everyone should know because it's cold out and what else are you going to do?
- In Vermont, it's illegal to label anything as maple if it isn't made with actual pure maple syrup;
- It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one single gallon of maple syrup;
- Maple sap can only be collected at the end of winter/beginning of spring;
- The person who makes the maple syrup is called a sugarmaker;
- You can drink the sap that comes straight from the trees (maple water);
- You can pour maple syrup on snow and EAT IT – actually pour it on everything – the world will taste so much more exceptional!
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