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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 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
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.