Friday, March 17, 2017

Maple Syrup - A Tasty Treat

article by Kaitlyn Weko and Andres Vargas
edited by Cam Goodrich

We all love the sweet smell of fresh maple syrup pouring over hot flapjacks, I mean who doesn't like maple syrup! Over the course of history and time maple syrup has come to be what it is today, without the Native Americans we would be stuck with the fake syrup from the stores. Legend has it a strong chief had thrown his tomahawk striking a sugar maple allowing the sweet substance to ooze from the large tree, the wife then collected it and boiled it with venison. Though from the 17th century dairy farmers have harnessed the great maple syrup and used it as a great source of income or a cheaper and I might add a better sugar. Corn syrup and cane sugar was and still is high in price so the farmers have found a better way.

Maple syrup is a must have! Check out the places near you for your tasty treat.

Maple syrup is a very time consuming commodity that takes hard work and dedication to produce. In Maine, maple syrup season starts in late February and ends in mid-April. To make maple syrup, you must first harvest the maple sap from the maple tree. This can be done in a multitude of ways, but the entire maple syrup making process must be performed extremely efficiently, as sap from the maple tree spoils very quickly. To harvest the sap, Native Americans used birch buckets to collect the sap from the tree, but nowadays, metal buckets can be used to harvest the sap, or tubing systems may be used to transport the sap from the tree to the sugarhouse more quickly. Next, the sap must be boiled for hours to be turned into the syrup we all know and love. Native Americans used wooden vats and heated rocks to boil the syrup, but modern sugar houses use metal evaporators to boil the syrup. There are many variations to evaporators, such as evaporators that filter the syrup as it is being boiled, and evaporators can be heated using many different types of energy sources, such as wood or oil evaporators. The maple syrup must then be filtered to make sure that no particles from the tree are left behind in the final product. Once the maple syrup is finished being processed, it is sealed in jars and packaged right away to prevent it from spoiling. As a result, the delicious solution that we’ve taken years to perfect is ready for you to purchase. You can purchase maple syrup at sugar houses all throughout the maple syrup season, but the best time to get maple syrup is Maine Maple Sunday, which is March 26th this year.

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