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    Mike Romanyshyn of Temple Tappers checks to see if the sap is running from a birch tree on his property.

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    Bottles of the finished product from Temple Tappers.

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    Tubing is interlaced through a birch grove in Temple. Romanyshyn learned that Maine has more tappable birch trees than any other state in the country except Alaska.

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    Romanyshyn watches over birch syrup in an evaporator.

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    Salmon cooked with a glaze made from birch syrup, olive oil, white wine, butter, mustard, a shallot and bay leaf.

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    Romanyshyn walks through a birch grove that is tapped for syrup.

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    Cake with a frosting that contains Temple Tappers birch syrup. Birch sap contains half the sugar of maple sap, which is why it takes about 110 gallons of birch sap to make a gallon of birch syrup.

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    TEMPLE, ME - APRIL 15: Mike Romanyshyn of Temple Tappers walks from his sugar house in Temple Friday, April 15, 2016. (Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer)

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