Re: [MedievalSawdust] Wood to use to be period???... What do you think
- I thought that the syrup from other species was usable it just produced a bitter less desirable product?----- Original Message -----From: conradh@...Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 10:51 AMSubject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] Wood to use to be period???... What do you think
On Thu, February 3, 2011 8:23 am, Bobby Bourgoin (Robert du Bourg) wrote:
> Thanks for the info on Maple. I didnt know it grew in Europe
> On a different note, were Maple products (maple syrup, sugar, etc..)
> available? Or is that a New World thing?
AFAIK, the discovery that you could boil down maple sap was a discovery of
the NE North American Indians.
I have been assured, however, that all maples can be tapped and yield
sugar; apparently everybody else just missed it. Even in North America
this blind spot exists; maple sugaring "just wasn't done" in the South or
even here in the Pacific Northwest where I live, even though the local
species' sap is usable.
It's given New England and eastern Canada a useful monopoly and something
for rural folks to harvest in the middle of a long winter, though!