History by Siropcool
1 - The Maple Wave
Did you know that when Jacques Cartier arrived in Canada, he was the first European to discover the sugar maple and maple water? A native taught him the word for sugar maple in his language: "couton."
2 - My food! Your food!
Want to trade? Did you know that our ancestors had never seen corn, or squash, or beans before they came to Canada? And they were the ones who introduced the First Nations to fine herbs, apples, carrots and flour? By sharing their food cultures, they created a whole new way of cooking that continues to inspire us today!
3 - Enter the kettle!
Did you know that it was with iron kettles brought from France that our ancestors and the First Nations peoples learned to make maple sugar together? Around 1676, a missionary by the name of Chrestien Leclercq tells how he watched natives and settlers use an iron kettle to make maple sugar.
4 - Candy fit for a king
Did you know that King Louis XIV was wild about candy, and around 1700 a lady from Montreal, Agathe de Repentigny, would send him maple sugar coated almonds, considered a curiosity in France?
5 - Don't panic, we have bannock!
Did you know that bannock is a flat cake made from corn flour and maple sugar that the Indians and the fur traders would carry to give them energy on long trips?
6 - To the sugar shack!
Did you know that the first "modern" sugar shacks made from wood planks were built around 1850, and in 1868 the first sugar shack parties were organized?
7 - Dream machine: the evaporator!
Did you know that it was in Quebec that the Small brothers invented the first sugar shack evaporator?
8 - Maple syrup in a can
Did you know that before 1951, nobody bought maple syrup in a can, and the traditional design on today's cans comes from a contest organized by the Department of Agriculture?
9 - A lesson in geography with Professor Siropcool
Did you know that Quebec maple syrup is sold in more than 50 countries, and that our syrup contains a molecule called Quebecol that is found nowhere else in nature?