If the infamous Quebec maple syrup heist proved anything, it’s that maple products are definitely a hot commodity. According to CBC, Quebec syrup farmers harvested a record 120 million pounds of syrup this year compared to last year’s 96 million. So if there was ever a time to celebrate the majestic maple, this would be it. Since the maple tree is so much more than the sum of its syrup, here are some cool ways maple mania is making a comeback…
Dolla Dolla Bills
Canada recently unveiled some brand new bills, which are made from polymer as opposed to paper and have an annoying tendency to stick together. Despite those lovely features, the real excitement was thanks to the urban legend surrounding the new $100 bills. Allegedly when rubbed the bills smell like Maple syrup, a rumour that incited a nationwide scratch and sniff frenzy. While the jury is still out as to the legitimacy of this claim, it’s safe to say this conspiracy will go down in Canadian currency history.
Martin Picard is probably Canada’s favourite Quebecer, aside from Celine Dion of course. This culinary cowboy is known for pushing boundaries, foie gras and most importantly for showcasing the amazing culinary landscape Canada has to offer. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Picard’s ode to maple, his restaurant Cabane À Sucre Au Pied de Cochon. The restaurant provides a prix fixe meal centered on Canadian offerings, most notably maple syrup. The restaurant has gathered international critical acclaim and even spawned a bestselling cookbook. Hopefully you can manage to get a reservation there between now and 3013.
Maple Sap Water
Apparently syrup isn’t the only thing flowing freely from the maple tree. With so much discussion surrounding the need for alternative water sources, this new water product is definitely taking a step towards the future. De L’Aubier sap water is water filtered naturally from Quebec maple trees. Rest assured this is not a sugary snack — the water is sugar and calorie-free so you can enjoy it and the environment at the same time.