National Maple Syrup Day is a sweet celebration of a unique and versatile product! It is one of the oldest syrups in the world – no wonder it has always been in high demand. Do you like adding it to your meals?
Researchers believe that maple syrup originated in the culture of North American Indians. It was produced long before the arrival of Europeans. In those days, it was both a tasty supplement, and a medicine, and a preservative. The collection of maple sap was accompanied by traditional events and was affectionately referred to as “sugar month”.
In the 16th century, the Indians revealed the recipe to French settlers. So the syrup spread throughout Europe, and then around the world. Mass production peaked in the early 1800s. Today, more than 85% of the syrup in the world is produced in Canada – about 12 thousand farms are concentrated here, which makes the population proud of the product! There are also factories in America, but in any case they are inferior to the state.
Did you know that:
- Freshly harvested sap contains up to 96% water. The Indians adapted to leave the harvested crop outside so that it hardened, and the first settlers of the United States learned how to evaporate it.
- 1 liter of syrup accounts for 40 liters of original sap.
- Real syrup does not have bright colors and additives – it is completely natural.
- Widely used in cooking, often in the most striking masterpieces.
- May have a different density: from light to viscous amber.
How to take part
Shop at National Maple Syrup Day and use with your favorite meals. It can be bananas, ice cream, popcorn, meat, vegetables and even shrimp. Look for the perfect flavor combinations and share them with others! If sugar maple grows in your area, try to extract the juice yourself – special kits are sold for the most daring.
When is National Maple Syrup Day celebrated in 2023?
National Maple Syrup Day is observed on December 17 each year.