Maple Syrup Fast Facts
- Most fake syrups include high-fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient.
- Maple trees give on average 10 gallons of sap a season which is 1 quart of syrup.
- The shelf-life for maple syrup in a properly filled and sealed container is over one year.
- Syrup flavor is affected by soil type, tree genetics, weather conditions during the maple season, time during the season when the sap is collected, and processing technique.
- Syrup contains calcium, potassium and magnesium.
- The darker the syrup, the stronger the flavor.
- A maple tree should be at least 12 inches in diameter before tapping it.
- 30-50 gallons of sap are evaporated to make one gallon of syrup. Sap sweetness varies from season to season, and within a season. So the amount of sap required to make a gallon of syrup varies.
- Maple syrup can be substituted for white sugar in cooking. Use 1 cup maple syrup for 1 cup white sugar. Reduce liquid in recipe by 3 Tablespoons for each cup of syrup used. Maple sugar can replace white sugar in equal amounts.