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by Javad Ghassemi - Wednesday, April 8, 2009
On Saturday, April 4th, a group of students from Saint John College and a few international students from Saint John High decided to go to Sugar Bush with their families to see how people get maple syrup from trees.
Sugar Bush is located on the Kingston Peninsula. Maple trees grow well in moderately, coarse-textured, moist, well drained, deep soil areas, and the process of getting the syrup usually happens in the spring, when there are warm days and cold nights.
There are five types of trees that syrup can be taken from. They are: 1-Sugar Maple, 2-Red Maple, 3-Silver Maple, 4-Striped Maple, and 5-Mountain Maple. A small pipe is pushed inside the tree to the depth of 7 cm and a bucket is hung beneath it. Watery liquid leaks from the tree to the bucket through the pipe. This liquid contains only 3% sugar and the rest is water, that's why from each forty small bottles of this liquid only one bottle of Maple Syrup is produced.
Maple Syrup is served as a topping on traditional pancakes and other foods and some people add it to tea. It is a 100% Canadian delicious Syrup which is mostly produced in eastern Canada, especially Québec and New Brunswick.