I have a huge maple tree in my front yard. It’s not a sugar maple. At least I don’t think it is. But I’m going to tap it anyways and see what happens.
Maple trees need to be at least 40 years old before they will yield enough sap to make 1 gal of syrup. 40 to 1 or something like that. The one in my yard is probably just barely old enough.
It’s interesting to me that cities don’t plant maples in parks with the intention of tapping them later. I am sure some community group would take that on I mean who doesn’t love maple syrup?
This project is part of my ReThink Green space idea for bringing awareness to what we do with the municipally managed areas of town. Parks, empty lots, city causeways. All of these could be adapted for food production on a neighbourhood level. We just don’t.