Maple syrup Kaede


Maple syrup

***** Location: North America
***** Season: Spring
***** Category: Humanity


Researching the history of our township Maple Valley ...

The following quotes were compiled by Michael Baribeau .

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The Maple Valley Name
by Bertha (Mrs. Carl) Johnson

Valley Of The Maples. Where did Maple Valley get its name? When the first settlers came in 1858, the area was thickly forested with beautiful maple groves and pine trees. Many romances blossomed in the sugar bushes, as they were called, when the sap from the maple trees was gathered in buckets, boiled down in huge vats over a blazing fire and became maple syrup and sugar. It became the place to go for young folks to watch the process.

Sap started flowing the first warm days of spring. It was time for farmers to tap the trees and hang the buckets to catch the sap. Maple Syrup and sugar became the first crop of the year for many farmers who had settled in the valley.


Maple syrup and sugar are among the oldest agricultural commodities produced in the United States. Native Americans are generally credited with discovering how to convert maple sap into maple syrup. The importance of maple products for local trade was established well before the arrival of the first European settlers in North America. Maple syrup production is confined to the northeastern portion of the United States, with the largest amounts produced in Vermont and New York.


Michigan makes about 80,000 gallons of maple syrup a year.

Michigan is ranked at number 7 in terms of quantity of production (and number 1 with quality!)

There are an estimated 500 commercial maple syrup producers in Michigan with some 2,000 additional hobby or home use producers.

Michigan's law requires that a processor of maple syrup be licensed.

It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to make just 1 gallon of maple syrup.

For the best maple sap, a maple tree should be 40 years old with a diameter of 10 inches before tapping is recommended.

Average sugar concentration of maple sap is about 2.5 percent.

Maple season in Michigan runs from February to April.

Freezing and thawing temperatures create pressure and force the sap out of the tree.

while budding makes the maple syrup taste bitter, thus production ceases.

Maple syrup is 100 percent pure - no additives, no coloring, and no preservatives.

Maple syrup has 50 calories per tablespoon.

Maple syrup has many minerals per tablespoon: 20 milligrams of calcium, 2 milligrams of phosphorus, .2 milligrams of iron, 2 milligrams of sodium and 35 milligrams of potassium.


The flow of sap is highly dependant upon weather conditions. Flow does not begin until after a time of hard freeze, followed by several sunny days with temperatures in the 40s. The peak flow occurs early in the sugaring season when it freezes at night and is bright and sunny the next day with the temperature in the 40s. The flow will stop when daytime temperatures do not go above freezing, or when night temperatures do not go below freezing.

The flow usually lasts roughly three to four weeks. While it flows, collect daily the sap, preferably late afternoon. If the trees are tapped too soon and flow does not begin, it is possible that the holes will seal over and subsequent flow is inhabited significantly. The holes may have to be redrilled in this case.


Several species of maple trees grow in Michigan.
Though all produce sap suitable for the production of maple syrup, two species of sugar maple (acer saccharum) and black maple (acer nigrum), are the source of sap for most commercial maple production. Sap suitable for conversion into syrup may also be obtained from red and silver maples, though such sap usually has a lower sugar content.

Worldwide use

Things found on the way


Although I don't know anyone personally who taps maples I do know the Old Order Amish in our area are doing it...

Amish farm
the maple syrup sign
still not out

Michael Baribeau

The Amish (Pennsylvania Dutch: Amisch, German: Amische),
sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Anabaptists in 1693 led by Jakob Ammann.
Those who followed Ammann became known as Amish.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

. The North American Saijiki Project .   


a fly feasts
on the maple syrup
reckless teenager

Victor P. Gendrano, 2002


end of winter
already the maple tree
awakes from sleep

maple syrup
on breakfastpancakes -
spoiling the children

Patricia Prime, 2004, tinywords


breakfast of champions
she pours maple syrup on
her pancakes

Copyright © 1996-2002 by Heather Madrone .


sugaring off-
the staccato tapping sound
of a woodpecker

honourable mention, the Betty Drevniok Award 2008

- Shared by Pamela Cooper, Canada -
Joys of Japan, 2012

Related words

***** Sugar Moon / Sap Moon Full Worm - March Moon. North America

***** Canada Saijiki


kigo for late autumn

kaede 楓 (かえで) maple tree
fam. Acer

momiji もみじ Momiji tree
kaerude かえるで

kaede momiji 楓紅葉(かえでもみじ)
red autumn leaves of the maple tree
.... koofuu 紅楓(こうふう)

- - - - - many special and local varieties :

Takao Momiji 高尾紅葉(たかおもみじ)maples at Mount Takao, Tokyo
..... Takao kaede 高尾かえで(たかおかえで)
Iroha kaede いろはかえで
Yamamomiji 山紅葉(やまもみじ)
Chirimem kaede 縮緬かえで(ちりめんかえで)
kirenishiki きれにしき
hauchiwa kaede 羽団扇かえで(はうちわかえで)
meigetsu kaede 名月かえで(めいげつかえで)
asa no ha kaede 麻の葉かえで(あさのはかえで)
Itaya kaede 板屋かえで(いたやかえで)
Too kaede 唐かえで(とうかえで)
mine kaede 嶺かえで(みねかえで)

mitsude kaede 三つ手かえで(みつでかえで)
hitotsude kaede 一つ葉かえで(ひとつばかえで)

. Red Autumn Leaves 紅葉 momiji .
and more about differene maple varieties,
including the Latin names for the varieties above.




1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Haiku Culture Magazine said...

Elaine Andre wrote

maple syrup -
dad's home from a hunting trip
in Vermont