December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day
National Maple Syrup Day
Five Food Finds about Maple Syrup
- Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple candy.
- Usually a maple tree is at least 30 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped
- The maple season may last eight to 10 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for about 10-20 days in the early spring.
- It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup
- It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar
Today’s Food History
1843 Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published. It contains numerous and elaborate descriptions of Christmas food and dinners.
“Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day! It is that of the cloth which wraps the pudding. Now, one would imagine oneself in a restaurant and in a confectioner’s at the same time, with a laundry nest door. Thirty seconds later, Mrs. Cratchit entered, her face crimson, but smiling proudly, with the pudding resembling a cannon ball, all speckled, very firm, sprinkled with brandy in flames, and decorated with a sprig of holly stuck in the centre. Oh! The marvelous pudding!”
1892 The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ in St. Petersburg.
1940 ‘Corn Silk’ was recorded by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.
1948 Jim Bonfanti of the music group ‘The Raspberries’ was born