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Re: [MedievalSawdust] Wood to use to be period???... What do you think

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  • maf@gleichen.ca
    I thought that the syrup from other species was usable it just produced a bitter less desirable product? ... From: conradh@efn.org To:
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      I thought that the syrup from other species was usable it just produced a bitter less desirable product?
       
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      Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 10:51 AM
      Subject: 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 didn’t 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!

      Ulfhedinn

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