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Origine de la collecte de l'eau d'érable

1534

On his first voyage to Canada, Jacques Cartier hears about the “delicious and delicate sugar” flowing from trees tapped with an axe by the aboriginal peoples. It is, of course, maple sap.

1634

One hundred years later, Recollet priest Father Lejeune describes the maple syrup harvest: “In the spring, the maple trees contain a liquor that is quite similar to that of island (sugar) cane. The women collect it in bark containers when the trees are distilling it.”

Circa 1680

Another Recollet, Father Leclerc is the first to mention not only maple sap, but also syrup and sugar.

Circa 1850

The first wooden spouts appear to replace tapping by axe.

1868

First mention of sugaring-off parties for urban residents.

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