• From Sap to Syrup

    Where does maple syrup come from? Maple trees, of course! 

    Making maple syrup is called sugaring, and happens between late February and early April, depending on when it starts to warm up. Sap begins to flow from maple trees when temperatures rise above zero during the day and fall below freezing at night. The trees are tapped so sap drips out of them into a bucket, or, in larger operations, into pipes connected to the maples. Trees produce about 30 litres per season and it takes roughly 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup.

    After the sap is collected, it is boiled down until it reaches 104°C, at which point it is the consistency of maple syrup. Then it's filtered and bottled and ready to enjoy on French toast, over pancakes or on your favourite treat.

    Get down to the facts with this beautiful infographic made by Column Five.

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