Maple is a tree and maple syrup its sweetener saps and it is an old among the natural food products although several types of maple grow in the Northeast but sugar maple is the traditional species which is used for the maple syrup production and the sugar maple contain a higher level of sugar in comparison to the other maples to identify a sugar maple we see it’s bark because its bark has dark brownish color , sharp buds and sharp lobed leaves .Red maple is also one of the species of the maple tree and could be tapped but due to its less sweet sap it is used less than sugar maple and this tree breaks bud before sugar maple during the late session of spring when buds expanded sap becomes off flavored and it is not desirable for processing .The red maple has red colored and its buds are rounded and it has three lobed leaves are known for its brilliant color. Black maple is also one of the species of the maple tree its characters don’t match with the sugar maple if we see but it’s sap of similar quality with sugar maple some of the producers think that black maple and sugar maple are similar category of maple.
Equipments for tapping sap –
For tapping sap from the maple tree equipments are available in the market people can purchase these equipments with minimal investment and some time they can get those equipments at home only may be in workshop people can get these equipments .Generally needed Buckets, covers, spouts and all these things we can get from maple equipment dealer or hardware stores and some other containers include clean plastic milk jugs or plastic containers with covers but if we want equipment for the processing sap so it will require greater investment but these equipments if you purchase once they will last for many years if maintained properly .
Equipments and materials for making Maple syrup at home use
• We need carpenter’s hand brace or breast drill and it should have diameter
up to 7/16inch drill bit.
• Spout, it may be of metal of plastic for each tap hole.
• Bucket with cover ,plastic sap collection bag or plastic tubing.
For tapping of the tree minimum suggested diameter is 41/2 feet above ground this is for 10 inch tapping to determine easily diameter of the tree house hold measuring tape is a better option it will give the circumference of the tree and fro this circumference we can determine diameter easily if we perform tapping properly so it will help us to keep trees healthy up to many years because if we do tapping properly it will cover the tree with bark itself and by this way tree will be healthy up to many years .
Uses of maple syrup and its benefits –
Maple syrup is a very good source of manganese and zinc and with its sweet
test it is also sweet for peoples' health. It makes sweeten your antioxidant defense-Mineral manganese produce energy
and provide antioxidant defenses.
Maple syrup good for your heart If you want to sweeten with your heart it is the best option because maple syrup contains zinc and it works as an antioxidant so it will allow to our heart to make proper function. Sweet support for immune system Maple syrup makes our immune system healthy and by this way it supports to our reproductive system and provide special benefits for our health.
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Maple syrup tapping from maple tree.