It’s spring and it’s time to talk about my favourite sugary snacks. I love Maple Syrup! Nothing makes breakfast more special than when my husband cooks pancakes or French bread.
Where does maple syrup comes from?
I’m Canadian and Canada produces 71% of the world’s supply, 91% of which is produced in Quebec. Did I mention I love living in Maple treats heaven? In 2015 alone, the 10,847 maple farms found in Canada produced 8,908 gallons.
The country’s Amerindian peoples (that’s my ancestry) taught the early settlers how to harvest sap and boil it to make maple syrup.
Did you know that it takes about 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre maple syrup?
One of my best childhood memories was going to the forest to fetch our own sap directly from the trees whenever we felt like it and cooking it on the stove to make all kinds of goodies.
A tree takes approximately 40 years before it’s mature enough to tap. This is why it’s so important to protect our forests.
Growing up surrounded by nature is one of the reasons why I was so confused when I moved in the Montreal area and found out that sugar shacks aren’t shacks at all, but full meal restaurants. The first time I went to a local sugar shack, it was with my high school and we didn’t even get maple syrup on a stick!