And welcome to another Tuesday and the Petticoats and Pistols blog.
February, chocolate and romance — seem to just go together, don’t they? And how better to enjoy the sweets than with a give-away of the Tradepaper copy of SENECA SURRENDER. Just click on the Giveaway Guidelines button on the right here and leave a comment. That’s all you have to do to be entered into the drawing.
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Okay, onward… I thought for a long time about what I might post this close to Valentine’s Day and decided I might talk about something sugary…something yummy…that’s also directly traceable to the American Indian. What could be better than to tell you a little about the Iroquois Maple Sugar Festival. The Iroquois had 8 different festivals throughout the year. It was in spring, when the nights were cold and the days were warm that the sap from the maple trees began to flow. This particular celebration was only a one day festival, but it was perhaps one of the sweetest (gee, I wonder why). Marking this festival there were dances, singing and the making of sweet soups and other sweets as well as a tribute given to the maple tree.
It was much prized by the children…hmmm… I’m reminded how much my grandchildren love sugary treats (their grandmother, too).
Maple syrup, maple sugar, by the way is a completely American Indian product. Interestingly, as I have become more and more educated on nutrition, I have learned that maple sugar, although definitely a sugar, reacts differently in the body than regular sugar — or any other kind of sweetener. It has even been found of late to aid in the recovery of Diabetics (I’m no doctor so please don’t take this as medical advice — I’m just passing along information that I’ve read recently from the farm where I buy my maple sugar, and also this particular YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH2v7MgWbkk
Unlike the Harvest Festival (our Thanksgiving Festival in the Autumn), it’s the Maple Festival that pays tribute to the maple tree and it’s sap. But this festival wasn’t given the same sort of publicity like the Harvest Festival, and so it has tended to fade into history, except in the Northeast where the tradition of gathering the sap from the maple trees still exits (thank goodness because I love real maple syrup).
Now here’s a little something that I didn’t know about maple sugar and maple sugaring.
Conditions have to be just right for that maple sap to flow. Apparently, maple trees or seeds were brought overseas and into the West, hoping to “tap” into this delicious treat.
But it didn’t work. One feature of maple sugaring is that the nights must be cold and the days warm, otherwise the sap does not run. It’s only in this part of the world, in the Northeastern region of the Americas that the conditions are exactly right so that one can take advantage of this wonderful gift.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the blog today, and if so, please come on in and leave a comment. By the way, what are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year? Whatever they are, I hope they will be sweet.
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