Maple sap is winter’s reward for patience throughout Mother Nature’s coldest months of the year. Native Americans, as well as many Asian cultures, have ancient customs that include the consumption of maple sap as a natural spring tonic. It’s sweet, watery composition is rich in minerals and said to naturally revitalize the body in the same way that its influx of nutrients awakens a tree from winter dormancy. In South Korea, maple sap is such a delicacy that some communities join together each spring to reap the health benefits of maple water by consuming 5 gallons of maple sap in one sitting!
“In South Korea, Drinks are on the Maple Tree” by Shoe Sang-Hun (Hadong Journal)
The Tri-State region is fortunate to be surrounded by mountains that are decorated with maple trees. The process of tapping these trees begins well before winter’s official thaw. February is a great time to identify, drill and insert taps (spiles) into suitable maple trees so that your system is ready when the sap begins to run.
Learn more about the process of Maple Sap Collection, Maple Water & the Sugaring Process
In addition to the health benefits associated with drinking maple water and the deliciousness of sweet maple syrup, the process of sap collection is a treat in itself. Planning, Harvesting and Enjoying the sap that runs freely throughout the Litchfield Hills, Hudson Valley and Berkshires is yet another local pastime that allows communities to join together and revel in the year-round active lifestyle that the Tri-State Region provides.