The Syrup that Signals Spring


 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 firewood
Something like 10,000–15,000 pounds—needed to fuel a wood-burning syrup evaporator for one season

1,200 School-age children
Number who will participate in this year’s harvest through field trips, scout visits, and Nature Center family programs

12 Gallons of sap
Amount a typical sugar maple produces in an average season

Cost of an eight-ounce bottle of syrup, available in the Nature Center gift shop

Number of pancake recipes on, 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

Minimum age, in years, at which a maple tree is large enough to be tapped

Number of decorative maples, such as Japanese or Norwegian, that can be tapped for syrup

175 Sugar maples
Number of trees tapped at Rowe Woods for the 2014 syrup season

5 Gallons of sap
Amount needed to yield one pint of finished syrup

Originally published in the March 2014 issue.

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