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Have you ever wondered how the delicious maple syrup on your pancakes, waffles and French toast is made? The basic method comes from the indigenous peoples of North America, and it has not changed ever since.

During the sugaring season which lasts from late February to early April, find a sugar maple at least 12 inches in diameter. You will need some basic tools and equipment to collect the sap, and then comes the boiling process when you boil off the water in the sap and concentrate it to create the sweet syrup. It’s work, but it’s fun and worth the effort. Don’t forget to remove the taps from the tree when the first buds appear.

Our beloved and typically Canadian maple syrup is a natural sweetener claimed to be healthier than sugar. Learning about how to make it raises further interesting study topics such as a healthy diet, various sugar types, the chemistry of distillation, etc.

 

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