Sap season has started here in Northern Wisconsin. We have tapped 105 trees this year, and as of today, we have collected a total of 445 gallons. This will result in approximately 11 gallons of syrup.
In the video, I will show you how to get started by identifying and tapping your first maple tree.
We make syrup strictly for the use of our family and friends. We don’t have a commercial operation, but we do try to mke as much as possible because our crew uses quite a bit over the course of a year.
We use the syrup in place of sugar in many recipes, and one son-in-law likes to take a couple quarts of sap home before we boil it down to syrup.
There are many health benefits of both syrup and sap. Maple syrup has been put in the superfood category alongside blueberries and broccoli due to the abundance of antioxidants and minerals found in it.
That doesn’t mean that you should start drinking it by the gallon. Maple syrup does actually contain more calories per tablespoon that white sugar. Syrup also raises blood surgar but at lower level than white sugar. So use in moderation!
Maple sap is reported to be beneficial for bone health, stomach health, ulcer prevention and remedy, lowering blood pressure, and a healtier immune system. The sap also contains more antioxidants and vitamins than the finished syrup. The sap contains about 2% of sugar, so drinking it is like drinking lightly sweetened water.
You can also tap black walnut and birch trees in the same way. Birch sap is said to be even healthier for you than maple sap. Parts of Europe and Asia drink birch sap as a traditional beverage and for medicinal use. It is especially popular for skin and hair application.