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Sap is the name for that sticky stuff that comes out of trees after you've cut them. This is the tree's "blood", and it comes out to the surface of the tree when there's been a cut to patch it up until it heals, and to keep out any harmful insects (such as carpenter ants) or bacteria. If you've been helping dad cut trees, and some sap has gotten on your hands, there is a simple and easy way to get it off (note: soap and water doesn't work very well). Simply pour some cooking oil into a container big enough to fit your hands, then dip in any hand or foot with sap on it and voila! The cooking oil will remove the sap.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|