My prediction? This will totally become the “new” coconut water! All week, I have been introducing people to the joy that is pure organic Maple sap. It’s kind of interesting that everyone I’ve talked to knows what Maple syrup is made from, yet none of them have ever had the pleasure of drinking the unadulterated tree sap straight from the source!
Tapping Maple trees is the first step in making Maple syrup. A metal tap is inserted into the tree trunk, which allows the sap to easily drip into a collection bucket, also attached to the tree. This is primarily done in spring, when they say the sap is “running.” In other words, Maple Water is this tree sap, prior to the boiling down process which would eventually turn it into syrup.
Growing up in northern Ontario, my brother and I had the opportunity to visit several Sugar Shacks, where the sap is collected and syrup is made. Not only was it always a nice day out in the still-snowy forest, complete with Maple candy, pancakes and sometimes horses (used to help pull the sap barrels in from the bush on a sledge) — but it was also a rare opportunity to enjoy my favourite treat: the cold, freshly collected sap, drunk directly from the ladle.
Pure Maple Water: it’s natural, organic, vegan, and gluten-free.
First Impression: As good as I remembered it being and still a favourite.
In Three Words: Refreshing. Natural. Delicate.
Cost: $4.49 (Canadian) for 1L + taxes.
Best Feature: Only 20 calories and 5g of (natural) sugar per 250 mL serving.
Excited About: Introducing more people to this unusual, new-to-them beverage!
Something Unexpected: All the childhood memories drinking this Maple Water brought back.
Value for Money: Comparable to (and actually a bit cheaper than) most coconut waters. Provides a nice alternative when you want something with a slight sweetness, rather than a slight saltiness.
Sources: After a cursory search of the usual natural and health food stores, so far, I have only been able to find Maple Water at Bulk Barn.