The sugar bush gives us delicious maple syrup, but it does so much more than that! In Québec, the 34 million maple trees in production provide ecological goods and services essential to human well-being. Each year, this amounts to a value of $1 Billion in Canadian currency.

Maple and Carbon

One (perhaps astonishing) example is that the maple trees in production in Québec capture the carbon produced by the equivalent of 290,000 cars in a year. That’s 9% of all cars in Québec. The Québec sugar bush captures and stores 8 times the carbon that its production processes emit.

The Power of One

The “One” in this equation is you. When you choose a maple product, you contribute to the preservation of maple trees and the ecological services they provide, as well as the possibility of increasing the area of natural forests in production. Let’s put it into direct action: if, every day for a year, you put 5 ml (1 tsp) maple syrup or maple sugar in your coffee instead of 5 ml (1 tsp) plain sugar, you protect the life of two maple trees. Think of that… and imagine the impact that 100,000 others would have if they did the same!

The preceding evaluation of the ecological goods and services provided by the Québec sugar bush was conducted by Groupe AGÉCO.

Maple and Sustainable Development

Tips and Tricks

You can make your own maple taffy in just seven minutes.

Try our microwave maple taffy recipe. It’s quick and easy!

Maple flakes make a great addition to spice blends.

Season meats, fish, and vegetables with the delicious flavour of maple.

Maple water is for drinking… and cooking, too!

Maple water brings sublime flavour to soups and broths. Use it to poach fish, too.

Did you know ?

Québec exports its maple products to over 50 countries.

Everywhere it goes, people appreciate maple’s unique flavour as well as its nutritional values. Find out how we are promoting it around the world so that even more get to taste our liquid gold.

Scientists are studying all of maple’s potential health benefits.

Studies now underway include those on the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols naturally present in maple syrup.

Maple syrup can be used as a sugar substitute in most recipes.

In cake and most dessert recipes, for each 250 ml (1 cup) of syrup used, simply reduce the called-for amount of liquid (water, milk, juice, etc.) by 60 ml (1/4 cup).

A source of natural energy

Maple syrup is a natural source of energy. Check out our recipes for food and drinks before, during, and after exercise.