Maple sap starts to run when the nights are still cold but the days are above freezing. Sunshine also helps, and it’s usually early to mid March before the sap is flowing. Those conditions came far earlier this year. We tapped our trees on 14th February and I can’t help wondering why it was so early. Is it global warming that’s shifting the seasons or is it just something that happens once in a while?
We recently spent a couple of days camping with friends on Brier Island. Earlier in the year when we visited, the wild roses were in full bloom along the sand dunes. Now, in September, the rose hips were ripe for picking.
Read my latest blog post that includes a wartime recipe for Rosehip syrup which is great for coughs and sore throats. Also Rose hip tea for a healthy boost to the immune system.
The ratio of maple sap to maple syrup is 40:1, so the early settlers would pour the maple sap into wide wooden troughs, allowing the water to freeze overnight. In the morning the ice would be lifted off and discarded. Commercially this is known as freeze concentration. The remaining sugar solution takes far less time and much less firewood to evaporate the water, leaving a sweet, amber syrup to pour on pancakes. Read more…