In March we studied Maple Sugaring. We learned that the sap from Maple trees can be turned into
Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar.
How does Maple Sap become Maple Sugar?
To find out, we took a field trip to New Canaan Nature Center. First they took us to a maple tree and showed us how
the sap is taken out of the tree. One person in each class got to drill a hole into a piece
of wood. Then a spout is placed in the hole in the tree and a bucket is
hung from the bottom of the spout. A cover is placed over the bucket to
keep out animals, leaves, and rain. After the sap is collected. you
take it to the Sugar House. The Nature Center has a Sugar House. There they showed us how the Maple Sap is
boiled until it becomes Maple Syrup. The man told us over and over to remember that
sap is partially sugar, partially salt, and mostly water. By boiling the
sap, you get rid of the water and the salt and just leave in the sugar. We got to taste
the finished syrup on popcycle sticks. It was GREAT!!!
Who discovered Maple Syrup?
In the days of old when the Indians were in America, they discovered that
heating up maple sap made it into a syrup. They put it on all their food
to add more taste. To heat up the sap they did not use and oven. They made
a hole in a tree log and poured the sap inside. Then they made a fire and
heated rocks. When the rocks got hot, they threw them into the sap. It
took a long time for them to make maple syrup this way but the taste
must have been worth it.