Celebrated on December 17th
It Takes Roughly 40 Gallons of Sap to Make 1 Gallon of Maple Syrup. What’s with the skewered conversion rate? Fresh sap has a very low sugar content, yet high-quality maple syrup is composed, at minimum, of 66 percent sugar. Also, consider this: Most trees only yield 5 to 15 gallons of sap per season. Now that’s one labor-intensive liquid!
If you put a glass of water and a glass of maple sap side by side, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. When maple sap comes out of the tree, it looks exactly like water. It's only when you boil it down that it starts to thicken and take on its signature golden or amber hue.
This delicacy has been a traditional spring-time favorite at sugar houses and sugar camps for over 200 years. In some areas of the maple region, it is also known as "leather aprons" or "leather britches," due to its chewy, leathery consistency. In New England it's known as sugar-on-snow. Ingredients for this snack include: Maple syrup, a pan of snow, sour pickles, saltines or plain donuts.