Tree Tapping - Which Trees?

Did you know Maple syrup (from maple sap) is so important to Canada they keep millions of kilograms in reserve! In 2012, thieves stole nearly 3,000 tonnes of maple syrup, valued at £13.6m. So what other trees can be tapped for food?
In North America natives peoples first started tapping trees millenia ago! So what about the UK? It seems that in Europe records tree tapping has been going on at least since 14th Century.
Anyway over the centuries our native trees have been joined by many other species. However it is important to only tap trees that are large enough to cope, that is 30cm in diameter. So here we go these are the trees to tap if you can find them.
Please be careful when you identify the trees.
  • Maples (Acer Species) Sugar maples, Black maples, Red maples, Silver maples, Norway maples, Boxelder, Bigleaf maples, Bigtooth Maples, Rocky Mountain Maples, Gorosoe,
  • Birch (Betula Species) Paper birch, Yellow Birch, Black birch, River Birch, Gray Birch, European white birch.
  • Alder (Alnus Genus)
  • Walnut (Juglans Species) Black walnut, English walnuts
  • Sycamore (Plantanus Occidentalis)

Why not take a look at our tree tapping spouts HugginsAttic
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