Canadian Maple Trees

In Canada, the maple leaf is a symbol of the country’s independence and unity. It’s on the flag, in logos, a mascot for sports teams, and just about everywhere else you look. The history of the maple leaf as an important Canadian symbol dates back to 1860, but it wasn’t adopted in the flag until 1964. Aside from having a very symbolic meaning, the maple also has some very practical uses. Almost 80% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada, with Quebec producing 66% of that amount. Only three of the 13 species of maple trees native to Canada are used for syrup, and it takes approximately 40 years for a tree to mature enough to be tapped, and then, it takes about 40 liters of tree sap to make one liter of syrup. While this might seem like a tedious process for a pancake topping, the final product is well worth it. Authentic Canadian maple syrup is unlike anything you’ll find on the shelves of your local grocery store and makes for a great souvenir to take home.

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