December 17 – National Maple Syrup Day

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December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day! Maple syrup comes from the sap of the maple tree. The maple tree is tapped by boring a hole into its trunk and collecting the running sap. Canada, the largest supplier of maple syrup, produces over 5 million gallons of it each year!

Native Americans were the first to harvest and boil the sap of the maple tree into a thick syrup—a process that was documented and adopted by early settlers in the 1600s. Tapping a maple tree does no permanent damage to the tree and only 10% of the sap that is produced in a year is actually collected. Unbelievably, it takes approximately 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup!! 

Whether you like your maple syrup as a topping on pancakes, waffles, or french toast, enjoy some today in honor of National Maple Syrup Day!

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  1. Wow, thank you so much for informing me that around 40 gallons of sap are used to produce one gallon of syrup! I had no idea it was such a large process. I am going to a family reunion in a month, and I am in charge of breakfast for everyone. Grade A Vermont maple syrup sounds like the perfect addition to a wonderful pancakes and eggs meal.

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