Saturday, 3 September 2011

Mallett's Maple Pepper Carries On a Long Tradition

A natural sugar made by concentrating maple tree sap into a solid maple sugar block, then grinding into small crystals. Maple sugar was the preferred form of maple by First Nations/Native American peoples as the sugar could easily be transported and lasted a long time. It is called ziinzibaakwad by the Anishinaabeg.[6] [7] Blessing of the Bay, the second ocean-going merchant ship built in the English colonies, carried maple sugar from the Massachusetts Bay Colony to New Amsterdam as early as 1631.

Made from natural Maple trees maple sugar can now be found in products such as Mallett's Maple Pepper. visit Mallett's Maple Pepper Website

  • Canada and The United States are the only two maple syrup producing countries in the world. Canada accounts for about 85 percent of the world’s production of maple syrup.

  • The four major species of maples are the sugar maple, red maple, silver maple and the ash leafed maple. The sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is the major specie for sugar production.

  • Maple sugar is about twice as sweet as standard granulated sugar.

  • It takes around 40 to 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.

  • The maple season lasts only about 4 to 6 weeks of the year.

  • Usually maple trees are not tapped until they are at least 40 years old and 10-12 inches in diameter. As the tree's diameter increases, more taps can be added (up to a maximum of four taps).

  • When done properly, tapping does no permanent damage to the tree. Some maple trees have been tapped for over two hundred and fifty years!

  • Pure maple sugar is a 100% natural product, no additives are allowed.

  • It takes one gallon of syrup to produce eight pounds of sugar.

  • 'Sinzibukwud' is the Algonquin (a North American Indian tribe) word for maple syrup, meaning literally 'drawn from wood'.