FAQ | Production

How are maple trees tapped?

Holes are drilled though the bark and into the trees, and sap spouts (known as “spiles”) are tapped into the holes. The spiles are fitted to tubes connected to collector pipes that carry the maple sap to the sugar shack.

How do you identify a sugar maple?

Seasoned maple syrup producers can spot a sugar maple just by looking at its bark. If you aren’t as familiar with different kinds of tree bark, you can identify a sugar maple by its leaves, which are less angular that those of its cousin, the red maple. The leaf on the Canadian flag is a sugar maple leaf.

Can you add taps to a sugar bush with a quota?

You cannot add additional taps to a sugar bush with a quota. However, when the tubing is changed, adding taps is not considered to contravene the Act as long as the producer does not extend the tubing to new, previously unharvested areas.

What is the sugar content of maple sap?

Depending on the period of the season and the time of day, the sugar content of maple sap will vary between 1.5% and 3%, the average being 2.2%.

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