The sap of the maple tree is just one of the ways that humans would get their sweet on before cane sugar was readily available. This amber sap is rich in vitamins and flavor and has a complex taste that lends itself to a long list of delicious food applications. Canadian food is influenced by many things both French and English in origin, but this is an indigenous originated product that has never died in popularity.
Since you probably can’t harvest from your own tree for this, procuring some good stuff is usually best done on the internets unless you are passing through a prolific maple region. Another of Canada’s favorite harvests is cannabis, which very soon will be legal the entire country over.
As for which strain to use to get the unique cannabis flavors incorporated into your syrup, we asked My Bud Vase’s Doreen Sullivan for her Canadian reccos, as her smokeware was just nominated for a Canadian Cannabis Award:
“You can’t think about Canada without thinking of maple syrup, they have some of the best strains, so I’d go for a syrup infused with a strain with a berry terpene profile, like Canada’s Dragon Fruit by Hexo!”
Canada’s big day for legalization is October 17, and it’s rapidly approaching. Try celebrating with a spiked syrup is a fabulous way to get lifted on both Canadian classics.
Cannabis Infused Maple Syrup
Danielle Guercio, 2018
100mg THC per 10 oz bottle, 10mg per 1 oz serving estimated
12 oz maple syrup
½ cup sugar
1oz cannabis glycerin tincture*
Gently heat half of the maple syrup until it reaches a light simmer, add the sugar and cook until it reduces by ½.
Remove from heat, stir in glycerin tincture until mixed, turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
Stir in unheated maple syrup and dispense into a clean bottle.
*Cannabis Glycerin Tincture
Decarboxylate 2g of finely ground cannabis at 225 degrees for 20 minutes in a tightly sealed, oven safe container. Put cannabis in lidded mason jar or vacuum sealed bag with cannabis and 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin. Heat in water bath just under boiling for at least 1 hour. Strain and chill to use in recipes.
Use this golden beauty to dress up pancakes, infuse cocktails with both sweetness, complexity and cannabis, or even for baking if you feel so inclined. Maple has a unique flavor and a sweetness that’s not as intense as sugar or honey, but still potent and smile-inducing.
Photos: Maria Penaloza