National Maple Syrup Day
About Maple Syrup
When is Date National Maple Syrup Day? This holiday is always observed on December 17
National Maple Syrup Day is today, a December 17 holiday. This day provides us with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate this delicious American treat. This sweet and unique flavor originated in America. Native American Indians were the first to harvest and boil the sap of the maple tree into thick syrup. Amaze your friends with our maple syrup trivia.
Watching or participating in a maple sap harvest, or demonstration is a fun late winter event. They are held in February-March when the sap is flowing. It is educational for the kids, too. During field demonstrations, some of the sap is boiled down into syrup. Best of all, free samples are often given and poured over a pancake or vanilla ice cream.
Did you know? The sap of the maple tree, the same sap used to make maple syrup, makes a refreshing drink. Just put it in the refrigerator and pour a drink whenever you want. Or, have a drink as you harvest the sap from the tree!
Please note, make sure you are using maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Unless the ingredients state otherwise, pancake syrup no longer contains maple syrup. (a surprise to many)
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Maple Syrup Trivia
Use this maple syrup trivia to amaze your friends.
- The indigenous Iroquois tribe in the Northeastern U.S. invented maple syrup. They created the method of tapping trees along with the process of boiling the sap down into syrup.
- A single tree can produce up to 15 gallons of maple sap in a season.
- It takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of thick syrup.
- In 2018, pure maple syrup sold for $33.80.
- U.S. maple syrup production was 4.2 million gallons in 2019.
- Meanwhile, up north, Canadians produced over 13 million gallons of maple syrup in 2019.
- Production of sap is very weather dependent. As a result, annual production of syrup varies from year to year.
- In addition to tasting sweet, it is loaded with healthy nutrients and antioxidants.
- There are 13.42 carbs and 52 calories in a tablespoon of maple syrup.
How to Celebrate National Maple Syrup Day
It’s fun and easy to participate in this food holiday.
- Pour real maple syrup onto your pancakes or waffles.
- Or, for an evening treat, pour warm maple syrup onto vanilla ice cream.
“Better to be king for a night day, than a schmuck for a lifetime,” – – Robert DiNiro
History and Origin of National Maple Syrup Day
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is a strong supporter of this day. However, nowhere on their website do they claim to be the creators. This doesn’t exclude them as possible creators. We will continue to pursue more concrete information.
The December date to celebrate this holiday is odd. The sap starts running in maple trees in late winter. This is when the sap is collected and boiled down into syrup. It seems more appropriate to celebrate this holiday in late spring.
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