It’s time to tap the sugar maples at Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods—and we’ve got all the sweet details.
3 Cords of firewoodSomething like 10,000–15,000 pounds—needed to fuel a wood-burning syrup evaporator for one season
1,200 School-age childrenNumber who will participate in this year’s harvest through field trips, scout visits, and Nature Center family programs
12 Gallons of sapAmount a typical sugar maple produces in an average season
$10Cost of an eight-ounce bottle of syrup, available in the Nature Center gift shop
69 Number of pancake recipes on marthastewart.com, should you need inspiration
279 degrees Fahrenheit The point at which the sap solution becomes syrup. Temperature may fluctuate by a degree or two due to changes in air pressure
40 Minimum age, in years, at which a maple tree is large enough to be tapped
0 Number of decorative maples, such as Japanese or Norwegian, that can be tapped for syrup
175 Sugar maplesNumber of trees tapped at Rowe Woods for the 2014 syrup season
5 Gallons of sapAmount needed to yield one pint of finished syrup
Originally published in the March 2014 issue.
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