June 22, 2021

Have you heard that trees can produce sucrose?

The sugar we eat usually comes from sugar cane or sugar beet, so the annual sugar cane production also affects the price of cane sugar. But did you know that there is another big tree that produces sugar in the world?

The sugar maple tree is one of the three largest sugar woody plants in the world. The sugar maple leaf is also a symbol of Canada, and the pattern on the Canadian flag is the sugar maple leaf. The trunk of the sugar maple can be as high as 40 meters and about 1 meter in diameter. Unlike other trees, when the sugar maple tree is more than 15 years old, holes can be punched in its trunk and pipes can be inserted to collect sugar maple sap. The sugar content in the sap of this tree is very high, generally between 0.5% and 7%, and even some up to 10%, so this sap can be processed into sugar.

A tree has such a high sugar content, and each tree can basically collect 50 to 100 years of sap, it can be said that a tree is a small sugar supply station. People call this sugar from trees maple syrup, and its main ingredient is sucrose. Before the emergence of sugar extraction technology from sugarcane, maple sugar was once popular in the market and was widely used in the food processing industry.

Sugar maple belongs to the genus Aceraceae in the tree species. There are many such trees, but no sugar-producing maple has been found. Now that everyone has discovered that sugar maple trees can not only green the environment, but also the height of the tree, the wood can be used normally after growing, so many places are promoting planting, and in the near future, we will see a tree meeting The sugar maple tree that produces sugar grows nearby.

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