From the forest
Maple products from Québec come from a single ingredient: the sap of maple trees.
The flow of sap is a natural phenomenon, unique to North America. It occurs each spring when daytime
and nighttime temperatures alternate above and below freezing. Québec maple producers collect the sap,
and take it to the sugar shack for evaporation and processing into maple products.
It’s a complex process that demands knowledge and precision.
Much more than Maple Syrup!
Long appreciated for their delicious products, Québec’s maple forests deliver more than
just syrup for our plates. In Québec, the 34 million maple trees of the sugar bushes
in production provide ecological goods and services essential to human well-being,
the value of which has reached 1 billion dollars (Canadian) on an annual basis.
These operating sugar bushes are protected in Québec under the Loi sur la protection du territoire
et des activités agricoles. Anybody who chooses maple products contributes to not only
ensure the sustainability of the Québec sugar bush and its ecological services, but also to increase
the total area of natural forests under production.
To find out all the environment benefits provided by the Québec
maple sugar bush, consult our graphic charts.
|Érable et développement durable, Québec (French) | PDF|
|Maple and Sustainable Development, United States | PDF|
|Maple and Sustainable Development, United Kingdom | PDF|