Organic Maple Syrup Quiz
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Which older sap collecting and syrup making materials, which cannot be used in certified organic farms, can contain lead?
Trees do not naturally contain any lead.
Question 1 Explanation:
Lead does not come from trees. Sap collected using lead-free plastic materials has virtually no lead in it. Sap collecting and syrup making materials that contain lead include 50/50 solder, used before 1995 for evaporators, tanks and some buckets (Leader evaporator switched to lead-free solder in 1991); galvanized equipment made before 1994, most brass and bronze (fittings); and terneplate, an alloy used for some older equipment.
It is essential for trees to be sustainably tapped each year. What is the minimum trunk diameter an organic maple tree must be to be tapped?
a little bigger...
a little bigger...
Question 2 Explanation:
An organic maple tree must be 10" across at breast hight to be tapped (54 inches from the base of the tree). This ensures the tree is large enough to recover each year and continue to produce sap for many years to come.
When boiling sap it will often begin to foam. All syrup makers must use a defoaming agent to keep the syrup pans from boiling over. Which of the following products may be used in organic maple syrup?
organic canola oil
synthetic sap defoamer
synthetic sap defoamer cannot be certified organic.
lard is sometimes used as a defoamer, but cannot be used if the syrup is certified organic.
Question 3 Explanation:
While the defoaming agents are filtered out of the syrup before it is bottled, only certified organic defoaming agents are used in organic maple syrup.
What is the common sugar content of raw sap out of the tree?
Question 4 Explanation:
Sap can be anywhere from 0.5% to 3% sugar when it comes out of the tree in a vacuum system.
Question 5 Explanation:
Sugar maple trees average about 1 foot of height growth and 0.2 inch of diameter growth annually for the first 30 to 40 years. Hence a 30-year-old tree might be 6 to 8 inches in diameter and 30 to 35 feet in height. After about 140 to 150 years, height growth ceases and radial growth slows greatly. Although rare, old-growth sugar maple stands can average 300 to 400 years in age; individual trees range from 70 to 110 feet tall with diameters at breast height of 20 to 36 inches. -http://maple.dnr.cornell.edu/pubs/trees.htm
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