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Category: Research on Maple Syrup

Double-Tapping To Suss Out New Spiles

This year we’re replacing the vast majority of our “health spouts” with the new valved sap adapters, in the hopes that they’ll extend the season and give us the gift of additional maple syrup. Being the skeptical sort, we’re taking 30 or 40 trees and double-tapping them so that we can see if indeed the […]

The Real Maple Syrup Prices

Retailers across the country have priced maple syrup higher than what government sources report. This year it became pretty clear that the maple syrup pricing reports don’t square with what we see in stores, so we went out and collected our own data set. One key difference between this and what a group like the […]

All that Grows (in Maple Syrup) Is Not Mold

We tend to make our maple syrup overstrength, ranging from 70 percent solids to 72 percent solids, about two to four percent higher than Vermont recommends. We just like it that way, even though some sugar comes out of solution in the form of crystals over time. When consumed before that happens, though, the extra […]

A Great Maple Syrup Research Compendium

Back in 1982, the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station put together a large series of studies into one document to help sugar makers employ some of the more interesting recent findings. That document is available here. Some highlights: – A good deal of what we know (which is still pretty incomplete) about how and why sap […]

Hotsauce Squirrel Spray – It’s not Just for Dinner

Here is a link to a study of whether or not capsaicin (the key chemical in hot sauces) used on sap tubing to keep squirrels off will get into the sap. Answer: yes, but not enough for people to be able to taste in the maple syrup. How about the squirrels? Kept the ones from […]


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