Monday, March 19, 2012
You may remember my sap-tapping project, where I put my box elders to work this spring and hoped for the best.
This is what three gallons of box elder sap boils down to: about 2/3 cup of fragrant, golden syrup. It looks like browned butter (which is fantastic on top of baked potatoes and steamed asparagus, by the way), but smells like the best of maple syrup. I only wish there was more...but given the very odd winter we've had, where there was a serious lack of snowfall, I suppose I am lucky to have gathered that much sap. I only had two taps, too, so all in all I consider this experiment a success.
I can hardly wait for next year's maple syrup season. If I gather five gallons of sap then, I bet I could have an entire HALF-PINT of syrup.
There's an embarrassment of riches for you.