Jan 2012 Ingredient: Maple

Farmers and scientists used to have a pretty significant problem on their hands. How, how, how should we get that delicious, sticky sap out of the tree? Early attempts at sap-extraction focused on the individual effort.
mapleSap farmers would grab the sap with their bare hands and shovel it into buckets. After several farmers became inseparable from certain maple trees with particularly sticky sap, the remaining pioneers of sapriculture turned to developing intricate tools. Early sap straws were thrust into trees like a Tropicana orange and the sap was siphoned out by brave souls with cotton mouth. After several developments in the field, such as the Sap Jackhammer, the High-Suction Sapuum, and the Automatic Sapspresso Machine (though the syrup tasted so… artificial), we finally have all the sap accessibility we need with the standard, top-of-the-line Sap Faucet. Wendy Phifer would be proud.

The Truth About Maple

  • Maple wood was traditionally used in the construction of electric guitar necks such as the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster, two classics if you really need to shred.
  • The Sugar Maple tree (a.k.a -Acer Saccharum) is the main source of the North American sap used to cultivate maple syrup
  • Native Americans were some of the first humans to use maple syrup and even developed rituals around their sugar-marking process, such as the celebration of spring’s first full moon (the Sugar Moon)


January 2012