Many of us have that one uncle who loves the outdoors, Turning the corner on 80, he has lived through hard times; therefore, he has talents that stun when it comes to self-reliance.
Knowing how to make do and to make what is needed so no one goes without seems a lost art in the digital age of the 21st century. But for those of us who have an Uncle Bob, he remains an artisan set out of time, continuously creating art that blesses our lives.
Technology startled him and he would never accept using perfectly good maple syrup on your face when it could be used on pancakes and sausages. He was old school and that is part of what made him great. So it is with maple syrup, it is old school but is part new age and that is what makes it great.
Each region has its own best maple syrup area. It is the place, nestled in the hills and trees pristine in its natural habitat, lush with foliage and boasting of the most beautiful maple trees on earth. The amber color of the syrup and its sweetness are beyond compare. You could tap a tree, enjoy the festival that is built around maple syrup and its story, eat anything you wanted covered in maple syrup, and buy the syrup that was bottled right there. Recipes are shared at the stands that sell baked goods sweetened with syrup and not processed sugar. Comparisons of sweets is offered, sugar or syrup. Syrup always wins.
It is fascinating to see a field of trees, all tapped with buckets under the spigots. The older folks share their stories of the labor-intensive work of gathering maple syrup. It runs best in that short season between winter and spring; it flows best when it is 40 degrees the day after a below freezing night. The sap is watery and it has to be carried to the sugarhouse where it is boiled to get rid of the water. The rich brown substance that remains is what makes the pure syrup. Nothing is added but heat.
Of course, technology has come into the industry, but it is a great marketing tool to maintain the idyllic picture of tribal people working along side early settlers, making maple syrup. It would not be the same to walk into what looks like an old settlement with smoke rising from fires where people are gathered talking and preparing to cook and see plastic spouts connected to vacuum tubing that sends the gathered sap to a large building where it is boiled down by a gas fueled furnace.
Technology implies something made so maintaining the purity of the maple syrup image would be hard to pull off without the festivals and settlements that let the visitor step back in time. Marketing purity in the digital age is tough, which is one of the many reasons that maple syrup producers support the trips back in time.
It is ironic, though, that the maple syrup industry, which is growing by leaps and bounds, has become of the modern age in its ventures into the beauty industry as well as the detox industry. Because back to nature has rebirthed the do it yourself concept, recipes for facial masks, hair products as well as detox drinks abound.
Maple syrup has many healthy properties. It is great for the skin and is a natural anti-bacterial.
Aloe Vera and Maple Syrup Face-mask
1 teaspoon maple syrup and 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel
Stir the ingredients together and massage the mixture into your clean face.
The mask will harden and start to feel stiff
Leave it on for 15 minutes or so
Rinse off with warm water
If your hair is dry and brittle Maple syrup can help you bring it back to life
Hair Mask with Maple Syrup for Dry, Brittle Hair
4 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon honey
Microwave the mixture for 15 seconds, making sure it is melted
Apply to your hair and comb through from roots to the ends with a wide tooth comb
Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it for 20 minutes
Rinse and shampoo
If you need to heal your body, maple syrup with its natural antioxidants can help
Master Cleanse Lemonade Recipe for Detox
2 tablespoons organic lemon or lime juice
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper
10 ounces spring or purified water
Drink 6 to 12 glasses per day
From the old settlement and the stack of flapjacks to the modern era of facial products and body detox, maple syrup has found its place. So whether you ingest it or put it on your face, it’s all good.