Wednesday, November 7, 2012

That's why they call it a big leaf maple

Big leaf: check. Maple: check. They got this one right.

Big leaf maples are generally considered to be junk trees, at least around here. Not good for much, with a talent for volunteering themselves to grow wherever the heck they want (which is usually where you would prefer they didn't).

But there are a few folks in our neighbourhood who tap their big leaf maples like our eastern cousins do sugar maples. The resulting syrup isn't the same - my one taste of it made me think of molasses, rather than maple syrup - but still, how cool is that? It might be a good project for the winter months when not much else is happening on the home front.


Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

"Big" doesn't cover it!
It's BIGNORMOUS... or something like that. Our goats would like to mmmmulch those for you!

Doc said...

Acer macrophyllum....who would of thought. I have never thought to tap one before sounds interesting as we have several in the area and lots of volunteers.

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

So... what other giants are you growing, besides poppies and maples?!
And thank you, by the way. Your seeds are waiting for me to find the perfect spot.

Shim Farm said...

As a true Quebecker, I'm not so sure I'd be willing to pour maple syrup from anything but a sugar maple (acer saccharum) on my pancakes!

So people actually tap these in the fall and winter? I'd imagine with your mild winters, there's always sap flowing. That's really interesting.

Those huge leaves are really beautiful.

Red Maple Tree said...

This really a "Big leaf" of maple. The maple leaves are always looking so beautiful. The Red Maple Tree's leaves are looking more beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a nice post.

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