The day that I found out that I'd be dead before any Sugar Maples I planted would be big enough to tap and get syrup was a sad day for me.
How wonderful would it be to get your own maple syrup!!!
Well, a few years later we learned that Boxelder trees, which are oh-so-plentiful here in Southeast Idaho, are acutally "Boxelder Maples" and can be tapped for syrup! Yay!
Apparently the flavor of Boxelder Maple syrup is a little more butterscotch-like. Sounds good to me!
My mom has a lot of Boxelders in her yard, so we are giving it a go! We bought spiles, food-grade tubing and glass jugs to put the sap in.
It was quite the fun day for the kids; they loved tasting the sap that came out of the spiles. Although, don't tell them, but it tasted just like water. :)
Quite the little adventure for us!!