What and why is maple syrup?

We all know that maple syrup is one of Canada's most popular gifts to the world, but what really is it? Why do maple trees (and other trees) even have sap? And is there any chance that there's cool surprising chemistry things going on in there? Well you'll have to listen to find out.

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We all know that maple syrup is one of Canada's most popular gifts to the world, but what really is it? Why do maple trees (and other trees) even have sap? And is there any chance that there's cool surprising chemistry things going on in there? Well you'll have to listen to find out.

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References from this episode
  1. https://helix.northwestern.edu/blog/2014/06/making-sense-maple-syrup
  2. https://blogs.cornell.edu/cornellmaple/
  3. https://axial.acs.org/2017/04/11/maple-syrup-extract/
  4. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2017/april/no-more-superbugs-maple-syrup-extract-enhances-antibiotic-action.html
  5. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/ja02001a014
  6. https://sustainability.wustl.edu/tapping-for-sugar-maple-sap-on-campus/
  7. https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2016/01/tapping-walnut-trees/
  8. https://watermark.silverchair.com/14-4-413.pdf?
  9. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32940-y
  10. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/why_are_maple_trees_tapped_to_make_maple_syrup#:~:text=Sap%20flow%20in%20maple%20trees,response%20to%20early%20spring%20temperatures.&text=Then%2C%20when%20temperatures%20again%20rise,flows%20out%20of%20the%20tree.
  11. https://wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2014/01/15/why-dont-trees-freeze-and-burst-in-the-winter-like-cold-pipes/
  12. https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1660&t=expanding-water






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