Behind the scenes of maple syrup production

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In the spring, in North America, the sugar maples are flowing and maple syrup producers collect their sap to transform it in many ways. Let's discover the different facets of maple syrup through different activity ideas and a host of useful resources.

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"Beyond this deep attachment of Quebecers to this product, the maple syrup industry remains an important engine for the province's economy."

Source: La Presse

Indeed, maple syrup has been produced for thousands of years and the way of transforming it has been greatly improved in order to automate certain processes and to increase the profits related to the transformation. Even if many maple syrup producers still use the traditional way of harvesting with the help of jumps and a boiler that fills up at the boiler, others opt for a system of taps connected to pipes that circulate everything directly into the boiler that can hold several liters of maple water at a time.

“For an optimal harvest, sugar bushes need a temperature of around seven degrees Celcius during the day and -5 degrees Celcius at night. The harvest period usually stretches over a few weeks in March and April, depending on the weather and regions. In 2017, Quebec maple syrup producers set a new record by producing 152.2 million pounds of maple syrup. "

Source: TVA Nouvelles

To learn more, here is a documentary that demonstrates each of the steps involved in making maple syrup.

 

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