20
Mar

Maple season is here!

Maple syrup season in Quebec

Maple syrup season is here! {Photo: strivingbean.com}

Maple season is here and I couldn’t be happier! I love this sweetest time of year, le temps des sucres as they say in Quebec. Did you know that Quebec is the largest producer of maple in the world, essentially producing 75% of the world’s maple production? I feel so lucky to  be living in this sweet province :)

When maple season comes, I love going to a traditional sugar shack with my friends and family. I don’t usually have a sweet tooth but this traditional celebration of the maple harvest and the approaching spring is one that I look forward to each year. this is also the time of year when I stock up on cans of freshly harvested maple syrup. I like using it in some of my baking, on pancakes and french toast when I host a brunch, or drizzling it on my morning Greek yogurt, thus combining both my cultures in one bowl!

Here are some fun maple facts for you:

  • It takes about 50 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of maple syrup
  • A maple tree has to be at least 30 years old and 12″ in diameter to be tapped for sap
  • Tapping doesn’t damage the tress and some trees have been tapped for over 100 years!
  • Maple season lasts 8 to 10 weeks, from the end of February or the beginning of March until mid or end of April
  • The sap stars flowing when the temperature’s just right, below freezing at night and above freezing during the day

Do you enjoy maple season as much as I do? Do you have a favourite activity during this sweet time?

Have a great first day of spring everyone!

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