How Maple Syrup is done

There is nothing more Canadian than maple syrup. And hockey. And poutin. And... My point is the plant that is featured on the Canadian flag not only creates a spectacular scenery in the fall, it also provides with a nutrient rich sweet crop that is harwested early in the spring time.

We went with the kids to see how it was done in the past by indians, then how the process was improved by settlers and how it is done Today. The basic idea is to cut into the maple tree and let the liquid called sap flow out into a bucket. This sweet water is then boiled to evaporate the water and make the final product.

Maple products are said to be very healthy. Indians used to drink half a cup of sap every day to regain strenght after the long winter. Nowadays it's harwested with an elaborate network of tubes criss crossing the forest. The process doesn't harm the tree too much. Typically only 5% of the sap is taken from a tree.

Once you have the syrup all you need is pancakes, sausages and the breakfast is ready!

Traditionally a hot stone was dropped into the sap to boil the water away
How settlers and indians boiled the sap
The higher the sugar content at harwest the the lighter the syrup is
Pancake ham with maple syrup

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