Gail Jardin wrote:Who plans on tapping trees this spring?
What varieties do you plan on tapping?
When will you tap them/where do you live (latitude N or USDA zone is good)?
What type of tap/catchment system are you using?
I am hoping to tap a few maple trees on conservation land in the next few weeks. I am still hesitant about identifying maples without their foliage. Any tips to increase my confidence?
I'm enjoying the responses on here! I have seen tapping and syrup production at workshops but this will be my first go at it alone. I am a bit hesitant still about being sure it is a maple tree. Does the sap actually smell enough like maple syrup to be sure it's the right type of tree? Would it be better to try to find someone who knows where a maple tree is on their property than to risk tapping and sipping the sap of a different type of tree? So much of what I've learnt about foraging and harvesting herbs and mushrooms is to not do it if you do not have 100% confidence in the species you are identifying. Does that not apply to tapping trees too?