Is the sap of other maples suitable for maple syrup, in terms of
quality and quantity of sap produced? If so, it would seem to make
more sense to plant faster growing maples like the red and even the
ugly silver maples.
What about other hardwoods for making syrup, such as fast growing red
and pin oaks, wild cherry, etc.? Jack
On Sat, 28 May 2005 15:33:01 +0000, Bro Jack wrote:
Google say's yes:
Un-sure if oak would make an acceptable syrup and cherry syrup is use
medicinally. Wouldn't want that on my pancakes ;0)
I have researched this in-depth. The Sugar Bush Maple takes ten to
twenty years to produce enough to make it worth tapping. Red Maples
take at least 20 to 30 years.
Honey from these trees was my major interest. The verdict is that
honey bees collect that honey and consume most of it as their first
food of the spring. If you go further south (zones 7-8), you can
get excess Maple Honey.
red maple makes great syrup. takes a bit more sap to make a
gallon of syrup but most sugarbushes in the northeast are
tapping both sugar & red maples. you can get more sap out of a
red maple but the sugar content is usually lower (but sugar
content depends a lot on the weather)
silver maples are crap for syrup & norway maples are just
birch, yellow & river(black), make a good syrup. oaks don't
have enough sugars in thier sap to bother with (the sap is
bitter if you taste it). i suspect wild cherry is in the same
camp as oak, plus there is the toxicity issue.
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