Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tapping the Trees


Tapping the Trees, originally uploaded by susanvg.

Cold nights, warmer days - perfect for collecting the sap from maple trees. We passed this small stand of maples as we drove through the countryside near Casselman. Most commercial maple syrup makers use tubes that bring the sap to the sugar shack for cooking. Here the trees have been tapped in the traditional way - spigots and buckets. There is nothing quite like the aroma of sap being boiled down. Maple syrup, maple toffee on fresh snow, maple sugar - all have a heavenly taste.

4 comments:

  1. Trees are tapped here too! My husband and son have tapped several and have been boiling it down on our wood stove. Going to be delicious! Hope you get to sample some too!

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  2. Yum - I agree! We once had a house in VT and could see the maple trees being tapped.

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  3. It's nice to see trees being tapped the traditional way. There are so many that have the blue tubing now. This is much more beautiful. This way also makes it easier to sneak a taste of the sap.

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  4. What an interesting tradition! We have something similar, though, getting the sap of birch trees. I have never collected it, but I think those who do consume it as a refreshing and nutritious health drink.

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