March is maple syrup season in Canada. This sweet springtime tradition is celebrated at Maple Syrup Festivals across the country.
The maple tree is tapped and the sap is collected using traditional buckets. After the sap is harvested, it undergoes a boiling process to produce maple syrup. You can learn more on how maple syrup is made here.
The hot pancake meal with pure maple syrup that we enjoyed at the 2010 Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek.
Canada's famous maple syrup has also been used to create this unique blend of Maple Earl Grey Tea. I could smell the sweet maple scent as soon as I opened the tin!
I brewed the Maple Earl Grey Tea using my Skye McGhie "Cream Lace" tea for one set (another thrift store find!).
The Maple Earl Grey Tea was a nicely balanced combination of maple and Earl Grey. No sugar was needed since pure maple syrup is a natural sweetener. Pure maple syrup is reportedly a healthy alternative to sugar and honey and you can read more about its nutritional benefits here.
The maple cream cookies were the perfect accompaniment to the Maple Earl Grey tea.