Maple sap is extracted for only six weeks early Spring, as trees wake up from their slumber and water runs up from the roots. The sap is collected literally drop by drop, so the quantity of tapped tree bark is the key. This tad sweet water is boiled and evaporated to produce a natural syrup. It usually takes 35-40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup!

Mehmet Ali's Maple Syrup

Below are videos of Mehmet Ali extracting from a variety of maple trees, and a local syrup production facility in Bainbridge, NY. Maple syrup makers are easily spotted by the vapor clouds that rise from the boilers.