Legends from the Native Americans

Legends maple


Long before the Europeans…

The Native Americans from East Canada and North-East of the United-States discovered the pure maple syrup sap and the way to process it into pure maple syrup. This was way before the arrival of the Europeans in North America. Legends about maple are different in each tribe, depending of their region.

Some says that dogs were licking the sap from broken maple tree branches, and that gave the idea to the Native Americans to taste it.

Some other says that it was by observing a squirrel nibbling a branch and drinking the sap that was coming out of it. The Native American thar was watching the squirrel wasn’t quite sure why the squirrel wasn’t drinking at the water spring nearby. So, he decided to taste it. What a surprise! The sap was a little sweet. Till then, his tribe could only have sugar in the wild fruits. This was a new way to eat something sweet! He was just discovering a tree that cries sugar in crystal tears. Over this, he was also discovering a new medicine to help people live through the cold winter and spring…

Learn about the other legends from the Natives on the discovery of the maple syrup in Quebec!


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