Strange But True- Non Maple Trees Tapped for Syrup

  • Why buy at the grocery store what you could get straight from your backyard? Syrup is a kitchen staple, particularly for breakfast, and pancakes just wouldn't be the same without them. You might think maples are the only type of trees that can provide you with syrup, but that's not true! You could have other trees on your property with syrup that's possibly even sweeter than a maple's.

    Syrup tapping is a trial and error process. Navigating around the snow and ice of winter can make it even more difficult. However, if you plan ahead and distinctly mark the correct trees, you could have an endless supply of syrup without ever having to purchase a maple tree or step foot in the grocery store.

    Keep reading to find out how to tell which non-maples can be used for syrup tapping!

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    1. Deron Castle said:

      The article doesn’t really tell you what trees are suitable. It also mentions red maples. Isn’t the sap from red maples poison? I thought it contained cyanide. I know the leaves do. Most plants with red leaves are poisonous.

    2. James Stealey said:

      Be prepared to boil a lot of sap. Sugar Maple is the main variety used because it has the highest sugar content. Other maple varieties average 90:1 more or less. 90 gallons of sap boiled and evaporated makes 1 gal syrup.