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Offline jvalentour

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Sap is running!
« on: February 13, 2020, 12:00:45 am »
Tapped 20 walnut last week got 20 gallons today. 
Tapped 12 more walnut and 1 maple this afternoon before the ice storm. 
Looking forward to a good 4 week season!.

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Re: Sap is running!
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 10:28:47 am »
I grew up tapping the maples and making Maple syrup - mmmm, one of my favorite times of year!

... but I've never heard of tapping walnuts. What do you get out of tapping walnut trees?
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Re: Sap is running!
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 01:17:55 pm »
Jvalentour - were these black walnut trees?  I had never heard of this until your post.  I've tried to find black walnut flavoring to use in cooking but can only find artificial flavor and won't use that.  Would love to know more about what you are doing
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Re: Sap is running!
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 01:59:26 pm »
Yes they are black walnut trees. 
The sugar content is not as good as maple but it's 4th or 5th on the list.  My woods are predominately walnut, locust, oak now that the insects have killed out the ash. 
In years past I have only made enough for the family, looks like I timed it out better this year and will have some extra to share. 
It tastes sweet like maple with a mild nut flavor. 

There are several trees one may tap, such as birch and sycamore.  They just need to be boiled down longer.
Black walnut syrup is not a product for those with nut allergies.

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Re: Sap is running!
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2020, 06:38:02 pm »
Very cool - thanks for sharing
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