Quebeckers love their maple syrup and syrup production has been in full swing for the last few weeks. With Sugar Shacks treating tourists and locals alike, to that sweet, sticky liquid gold, in all its forms; pouring it onto crushed ice to set, and twirled onto a lolly stick as maple taffy.
Did you know, it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make a single gallon of maple syrup.
Fun facts about Maple Syrup:
- The colour of maple syrup depends on a number of factors, including the age of the tree, the amount of sugar present, the soil, and the time in the season.
- During tapping season you will see spouts sticking out the side of a tree, which allows the sap to drip into a waiting bucket.
- Tree sap runs up the length of a tree.
- Not every tree can be tapped as they need to be at least 100 years old for sap production to start.
- A 100 year old tree is about 12 inches in diameter.
- Québec has about 34 million maple trees under production.
The classification of maple syrup is based on the colour and authenticity of its maple flavour. There are four classes of syrup:
- Golden — delicate taste
- Amber — rich taste
- Dark — robust taste
- Very Dark — strong taste
While there are four classifications of syrup there are only two grades: Grade A and Processing Grade. Only Grade A is sold in shops.
Also, Canada is the single biggest exporter and producer of maple syrup around the globe—about 12 million gallons of the liquid gold!
Well, there you have it. It’s maple time in Quebec, so why don’t you join us, and see what all the fuss is about!
For more information, check out: Sugar Shacks