Maple syrup is made from the sap of certain kinds of maple trees, namely Sugar, Black, Red and Silver Maple. The sap comes from sugar that is stored in the roots of the tree during winter and then can be tapped from the tree itself during the spring. The sap is a combination of 90% water and 10% different sugars. In the spring, the sap goes from the roots to the branches and can be tapped by making a .5 inch-3.5 inch hole. The sap is collected and then heated to extract the water and condense the sap. When the sugar concentration reaches 66%, it is officially maple syrup.
Imitation maple syrup, which you will find often in supermarkets, is mostly high fructose corn syrup.
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