Maples Running

 The Maple trees here have started to run their sap. I tapped my tree a few days ago, & already have quite a bit of sap. However, when boiled down to syrup, it will hardly make anything. This year the tree is finally big enough for 2 taps, so there’ll be more syrup. Still, since my tree is a silver maple & not a sugar maple, there isn’t a very high sugar content in the sap. But because there was such a slow thaw this year, it’s hopeful that I’ll get a bigger batch of sap than the years before!

Buds! (-:

 

 

"The maple buds."

 

The buds on the maple trees are opening. It’s a nice sign of spring, but it means that the sap from the trees will turn yellow & taste so bitter that no one would want to eat it if it was made into maple syrup. There wasn’t a very long tapping season this year, as maple trees will only give sap if the days are above freezing and the  nights are below freezing. This year, it turned warm so quickly that we had very few nights below 32° F, and the trees didn’t give much sap. Kind of a bummer, because I only got about a cup of sap from the silver maple in my back yard I tapped. Since it takes 40 cups of sap from a silver maple to make one cup of syrup, a cup of sap equals about  nothing at all. The buds are very pretty though. They are scarlet and look a bit like miniature roses.