Maple syrup has long been part of Canada's cultural fabric, so what better way to celebrate Canada Day than by sharing a little trivia about our nations favourite sweet treat.
Canada Produces the Most Maple Syrup
Our country has just the right mix of cold spring nights and warm daytime temperatures to produce an abundance of maple sap used to make the pure liquid gold we call maple syrup. Canada produces 85% of the world's maple syrup (source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada).
Maple Syrup Making is Tradition
Making maple syrup has been a tradition for our family for many generations now. It is something that all ages can take part in, so we know from a young age the work involved and the sweet reward that comes at the end. Every maple syrup producer has slightly different techniques or automation but the process is the same for everyone. Collect sap from a maple bush and then boil that sap down until you have maple syrup. It takes about 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup. There are no ingredients added, the only things required for maple syrup are sap, heat and time to boil.
You Can Put Maple Syrup on Everything
There are so many ways to enjoy maple syrup from traditional uses on pancakes and french toast at breakfast to drizzled over ice cream or popcorn in the evening. It has become a natural sweetener in many sauces today too. As a special treat for you this Canada Day, we would like to share with you the recipe for our favourite Maple BBQ Sauce. Add a little Canadian twist to your Canada Day backyard BBQ by using this recipe over the meat of your choice.
From our family to yours, Happy Canada Day!