National Maple Syrup Day:
Celebrated on December 17th, every year. The day is to celebrate the special richness of Maple Syrup.
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Why Maple Syrup Day?
The day is to celebrate the special richness of Maple Syrup. It is actually a sweetener made from the substance called sap of red maple, sugar maple or black maple trees. During the cold season and before winter times, these trees accumulate starch in their roots and trunks. Later, in the late winter times and during the early spring period, the starch is converted to sugar and is accumulated in the sap. After that, the trees are tapped by drilling into the trunks and the sap is collected. Later the sap undergoes heating process in order to evaporate the water content. Thus, concentrated syrup is produced. Nevertheless, the boiling process consumes more time. Normally, a tree is tapped when it is around 30 years old. For another 60 to 70 years, maple syrup can be extracted from the tree. Depending upon the size of the trunks, number of holes are drilled and tapped.
How we can Celebrate National Maple Syrup Day:
use this hashtag #MapleSyrupDay to post about the benefits and other interesting facts of Maple Trees and Maple Syrup.
Interesting Facts About Maple Syrup Day:
Researches says that the syrups are first used by the Native North Americans. The European settlers introduced it to Europe. Canada is the largest producer of maple syrup with around 80 percent of the World’s production followed by the United States. The Quebec province of Canada alone produces nearly 70 percent of the World’s production and around 14000 workers are employed in Quebec in this regard.
The depiction of maple leaf in the flag of Canada denotes the importance of maple in terms of economic contribution. In accordance with the United States, Vermont is the largest producer with around 5.5 percent of the overall production. Other notable states in the United States are New York, Michigan, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts,Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.Apart from Canada and United States, countries that includes Japan and South Korea are notable small scale producers of maple syrup.
Maple syrup is normally graded in the United States, Canada, etc. based on the sucrose content, density and translucency. Grade A includes Golden in Color and Delicate Taste, Amber in Color and Rich Taste, Dark in Color and Robust Taste, Very Dark in Color and Strong Taste. Perhaps, it is used as a condiment for preparing toasts, porridge, pancakes, sweet potato, pies, winter squash cakes, coffee, tea, etc. Other subsequent grades are Processed Grade maple and Substandard.
The Three prominent maple trees used for the production of maple syrups are Sugar maple (Acer saccharum), Red maple (Acer rubrum) and the black maple (Acer nigrum).Other species like the silver maple (Acer saccharinum), Manitoba maple (Acer negundo), and the big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) are also used but only at minimal level. During the American civil war times, the usage of maple sugar was gradually decreased and was replaced by cane sugar.
Reverse osmosis process is being carried out to isolate the water from the sap. The form that produces maple syrup is called as “Sugarwood” or “Sugarbush”. In South Korea, raw sap is consumed without involving any boiling process. Apart from sucrose, the maple syrup consist of small amounts of fructose and monosaccharides glucose. Maple flavored syrups like Pancake, Waffle syrup are actually imitations of maple syrups and the primary ingredient is fructose.
History of Maple Syrup Day:
The origin, creator and history of National Maple Syrup could not be revealed within our research. If you find any, please post in the comment section. Thanks for the support.