Monday, March 18, 2013
Is the Sap Flowing?
Maple sap doesn't flow just anywhere. New England is well suited for maple syrup production in the late winter/early spring because of cold nights and warmer days, which keeps the sap flowing up and down the sugar maple trees enabling the sap to be harvested.
Imagine my surprise to learn that maple syrup is harvested in January as far south as North Carolina. You can read about that *here,* if you are interested.
I've chatted a fair amount about maple syrup season in this blog. I've even lost an entire post on the topic. (This blog is getting to be so cumbersome.) I don't know if that was the post describing my grandparents working in the Sugar Woods in New Brunswick, Canada, or not. Their time there was considered a working vacation every March. I've always loved the wonderful old stories about the maple sap being so bountiful that all vegetables were cooked in the sap and there was no reason to drink water because everyone drank the cold, refreshing sap instead. (Remember: Maple sap is not maple syrup. It takes a whole lot of maple sap to boil down to get the sweet syrup.)
Once I asked my neighbor if I could drink some sap because of that old story. He happily obliged. I didn't quite get the thrill of it, though I might have if it had been very cold. As I recall, it was a warmish day so the sap was warm having sat in the bucket in the sun.
I was so happy to see the trees tapped (on my next door neighbor's lawn) when I arrived home from church yesterday. The people who harvest the sap in my town have had a serious setback with the loss of their home to fire in recent weeks so I had thought they'd have bigger things than maple syrup production on their minds.
Now please go see this picture at Daily Yarns 'n More...you won't even be able to tell Judy you were there because she closes comments early on her older posts.
Nice wasn't it? Such beautiful photography!
And, yes, my ice cream was delicious! (Caramel Caribou at Giffords: caramel swirled in flavorful vanilla with chunks of chewy chocolate throughout.)