Maine Maple Sugaring Facts
Maple Sugaring Information Natural Maple Syrup Maine
Maine Maple Sugaring is a fascinating tradition here in Northern New England. Many Maine families sugar as a hobby and past-time in the quiet Spring months. Have you ever wondered how many buckets of sap it takes to make that one little pint of Maple syrup, or why do Maple trees make sap? Here are some fun facts about Maple Sugaring. Ask us about ME Maple Producers or share your Maine Maple Sugaring comments. To feature your Maine Maple business, contact us.
Maine Maple Sugaring & Syrup Facts
- It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar
- A gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds.
- It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup.
- The sugar content of sap averages 2.5 percent; sugar content of maple syrup is at least 66 percent or more
- Usually a Maple tree is at least 30 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped
- As the tree increases in diameter, more taps can be added – up to a maximum of four taps
- Tapping does no permanent damage and only 10 percent of the sap is collected each year. Many maple trees have been tapped for 150 or more years.
- Each tap will yield an average of 10 gallons of sap per season, producing about one quart of syrup.
- Sap flow is heaviest for about 10-20 days in the early spring.
- Temperatures must be below freezing at night and above freezing during the day to create the sap flow needed for Maple sugaring.
- Maple Syrup is a 100 % natural and organic product.
- Maple Syrup has the same calcium content as whole milk.
- Maple Syrup has only 40 calories per tablespoon, unlike corn syrup which has 60 calories per tablespoon.
- Maple Syrup is rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.
- Maple Syrup is good for you! Vitamins B2, B5, B6, niacin, biotin, and folic acid are present in Maple syrup.
- Maple Syrup even contains trace amounts amino acids – the building blocks of protein!
- Maple syrup can be used as a replacement for sugar in baking recipes, by replacing 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of Maple syrup and decreasing oven temperature by 25 degrees.
- Pure Maple syrup is only produced in certain parts of North America. It is not made anywhere else in the world.
- Maple sap is what the tree uses to make buds.
- During the Summer months, Maple trees make starch which is stored and then turned into sugar, or sap.
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Maine Maple Producers by Region
Aroostook ME Maple Producers
Fort Kent, Houlton, Presque Isle
Downeast & Acadia ME Maple Producers
Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Eastport, Lubec, Cherryfield, Machias
Katahdin & Moosehead ME Maple Producers
Bangor, Brewer, Greenville, Lincoln, Millinocket, Orono
Kennebec & Moose River ME Maple Producers
Augusta, Skowhegan, Waterville, The Forks
Lakes & Mountains ME Maple Producers
Auburn, Lewiston, Norway, Bethel, Farmington, Naples
Midcoast ME Maple Producers
Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockland, Brunswick, Belfast, Searsport
Greater Portland ME Maple Producers
Portland, Freeport, Yarmouth, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth
South Coastal Maine Maple Producers
Biddeford, Kennebunk, Kittery, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Wells, York