In Quebec, Canada, maple syrup producers have released nearly 22 million kilograms of the syrup from their emergency warehouse due to the growing demand for so-called “liquid gold.”
The French-speaking province of Canada produces three-quarters of the world’s maple syrup, yet it is the first time in three years that the country’s reserves have been used.
This year, 183 million kilograms of maple syrup were produced worldwide and 60 million from the forests of Quebec. Currently, next year’s crop is already planned, when 7 million trees will be engaged in extracting the sap for the drink.
The sap is extracted directly from maple sugar, after which it is boiled to concentrate and becomes maple syrup.
This is very labor-intensive work and is highly weather dependent, as these types of maples can only be used at temperatures above freezing during the day but below freezing at night.
Maple syrup sales increased 36 percent over 2020 due to global demand and production is expected to increase in 2022. VN
With information from BBC News
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