Bite 6 – Maple syrup
St. Jean Baptiste Day is the Fête Nationale du Quèbec, one of Canada’s ten provinces. It happens annually on June 24th with festivities and food to mark the occasion.
Cuisine in this province is noted for its use of maple syrup, a sweet tree sap originally used by the Indigenous population. Canada’s identity on the world stage is characterized by maple syrup too, even though the maple trees that produce this sweetener are native to eastern Canada only.
Maple syrup has earned a well-deserved spot on my Around the World list. It is versatile, vegan and is not cloying sweet like so many other sugars. My sweet tooth is happy with a couple of tablespoons of maple butter and as cliché as it sounds, I often buy a small box of maple sugar candies to take with me when I travel abroad.
Maple syrup is perfectly at home in savoury dishes (e.g. baked beans, salad dressing, tempeh bacon, etc.) as it is with sweet (e.g. butter tarts, pancakes, pumpkin pie, etc.).
St. Jean Baptiste Day in Canada