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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Acer saccharum)
SUGAR MAPLE Food: The sap collected in the spring starting in mid March. Holes are made upward into the tree into which the tap is secured. A seamless bark container was placed under the tap to collect the sap which was then boiled and made into syrup and sugar

Medicine: A tea from the inner bark is made for caughs and an expectorant. Maple syrup is believed to be a liver and kidney cleanser.

Note: Red Maple has sharply pointed leaves, as opposed to the rounded lobes of the sugar maple. For additional information browse NativeTech's SugarBush; A Metis Account of Maple sugaring.

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