Maple Sugar : The American Sugar
One of the things that amazes me is this. How did people look at a maple tree and figure out how to make maple sugar. When you see a sugar maple, it pretty much just looks like a tree. And not even a remarkable tree. How on earth did the Native Americans figure out that you could tap the tree, extract the sap, boil it down, and end up with a shelf stable sugar? In any event, this is one labor intensive activity. Yes, I have tapped my sugar maple trees and made maple syrup. And let me tell you one important fact. Whatever you pay for maple syrup, it is a deal. It takes gallons of sap to make a tiny little pint of maple syrup. I think the stuff should be in price range of gold. It
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