National Maple Syrup Day
Maple syrup is celebrated on its own day, which many people don’t even know.
Before we get into the history and popular ingredients for pancakes, waffles and French toast, let’s take a moment and thank the maple trees that produce the sweet syrup that we all love today.
This is the entire focus of National Maple Syrup Day
National Maple Syrup Day was established to honor the maple syrup that we all love and have come to know. Most maple syrup we consume today comes from Canada. However, the United States also has its own maple syrup production region. This is mainly in the area surrounding the northeastern US states (e.g. Vermont) but also in other northern states like Michigan.
Maple syrup is made from the xylem of several maple trees, such as the red maple, sugar maple and black maple. However, it can also be made from other maple species. These trees store starch in the roots and trunks of their roots, which is why they are able to withstand cold temperatures. This starch is converted into sugar in the sap, which rises in the late winter or early spring, giving rise to a deliciously sweet flavor.
To tap maple trees, you need to drill holes in their trunks and collect the sap. The sap is heated to evaporate most of the water and then concentrated syrup is made. Maple syrup was originally collected by Native Americans in North America.
Aboriginal oral traditions and archaeological evidence suggest that maple sap was being made into syrup well before Europeans arrived in the area. The Europeans who settled in the area may have learned this process from the native people who lived there for hundreds of years.
There are many legends about when maple syrup was created. One of the most popular is the story of maple sap being used to cook venison for the chief of the tribe.
Another tale about the Chippewa peoples and Ottawa is that one of their gods noticed that his people were too lazy to hunt, and that they only wanted maple syrup straight from the trees. He cast a spell to make them watery and required them to work hard before they could enjoy the maple syrup.
Quebec, Canada’s largest maple syrup producer, contributes more than 75% of all maple syrup production worldwide. The United States is close behind Canada.
All you have to do to celebrate this day is to think of a few ways that you can indulge in the rich, syrupy, tree-blood-based syrupy delight. These are just a few ideas. You can also come up with your own unique ways!
Make sure you start your day with a breakfast that includes real maple syrup. To start the National Maple Syrup Day Celebration, you can make pancakes, waffles and French toast.
Make a PBMS sandwich (Peanut Butter Maple Syrup Sandwich) for lunch. We will substitute jelly with maple syrup and enjoy the rich, sweet goodness.
Maple syrup can be used as a glaze on ham, as a sauce for sushi, as a topping on vegetables, and even as a garnish for sweet potatoes or carrots.
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