Sunday, December 5, 2010

Maple Sugaring in Canada

Watercolor on paper,
11" x 8"

March is the prime month for collecting sap from sugar maple trees. In late winter and early spring, maple trees, and especially sugar maples, are loaded with the clear, sweet liquid.

Sugar maple is one of the most important trees in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Sugar maple is used for furniture, flooring, farm tools, and other items. Maple Sugaring in Canada is predominantly done in Quebec, & Ontario, and as stated in this Wiki - "Maple sugar is a traditional sweetener in the northeastern United States and Canada, prepared from the sap of the sugar maple tree. Maple sugar is about twice as sweet as standard granulated sugar and can be used as an alternative to cane sugar."

Also in this Wiki - "Maple sugar is what remains after the sap of the sugar maple is boiled for longer than is needed to create maple syrup or maple taffy. Once almost all the water has been boiled off, all that is left is a solid sugar."

Like to Eat Maple Sugar Products? Try Wheelers Maple Syrup Camp & Pancake House in Ontario. Great tasting pancakes with their on site produced maple syrup.  A Video of Wheeler's Pancake House, Sugar Camp & Maple Museum  below:

Did you know Pure Canadian Maple Syrup has less calories than sugar, honey or molasses? For more History on Maple Sugaring and Maple Syrup - see Canadian Maple Syrup - Maple Syrup History. If you just want to buy Maple Sugar products - you can also check out The Maple Store.

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