When someone refers to “maple,” do you know what they are talking about?

Maple” is the sap from the sugar maple tree (acer saccharum). Although sap can be obtained from other species of maple trees, maple producers are mainly concerned with the sugar maple tree.

Wherever your knowledge of maple ranges, from “never heard of it” to “several years’ experience,” you should investigate maple further. It is both interesting and challenging. It is interesting because the principles of making maple syrup need not be applied in any exact manner, which is evident when visiting various “sugar bushes” (maple forests) where maple is being processed. It is challenging because it is often difficult to get some of the principles of maple production to respond as expected—and predicting the kind of precise weather conditions needed to collect enough high quality sap adds to this challenge.

To learn more about the production, history, and current culture of Michigan Maple, please use the links at the very top of the page.