About New York and maple syrup

quart jugs of maple syrup capital agway

Two quarts of this year's haul.

Agricultural fact of the day: New York State produced 574,000 gallons of maple syrup during the 2013 season, according to a recently-released USDA report.

New York's production represented almost 18 percent of the national total. It was second only to Vermont, which produced 1.32 million gallons, almost 41 percent of the national total. (Don't mess with the Green Mountain state when it comes to maple syrup.)

Production in New York -- and all around the nation -- was way up this year compared to 2012 because of that year's oddly warm spring. The weather last year significantly shortened the amount of time farmers could gather sap -- just 24 days on average. This year the average season was 37 days.

Anyway, here are a few useless "facts" about the size of New York's maple syrup production:

+ New York's 2013 production of maple syrup is enough for 25.5 million stacks of pancakes. (Assuming 3 oz of maple syrup per stack.)

+ It would fill almost 90 percent of an Olympic-size swimming pool.

+ It would cover an acre of land to a depth of 1.76 feet

+ If you could run a car on maple syrup (and what delicious exhaust that would be), the state's production would provide 43,485 fill-ups for a Civic or Corolla.

+ And if poured into the Egg, it would fill 3 percent of the space. (We estimated the Egg's volume at 72,500 cubic meters. Yeah, that number is squishy at best.)

Earlier on AOA:
+ The art and science of maple sugaring
+ Canadians bust "massive maple syrup heist"


Here's another odd fact - B and C grade syrup tastes more maple-y. So when people shell out for the light colored A grade product, they're actually getting weaker maple flavor.

By my math the syrup contains 5.36 billion calories, which contributes 1,530,000 pounds to New Yorkers' waistlines, or dividing evenly over all New Yorkers, about an ounce and a quarter each.

(Though chances are if they didn't eat that syrup they'd eat something else to make up the caloric difference, so we can't necessarily assume that New Yorkers are automatically gaining weight as a result of this syrup bumper crop.)

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