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Canada just set a new maple syrup record

Despite a global pandemic and an economic recession, there are some things that remain certain: Canadians' characteristic appetite for, and ability to produce, tons of lip-smacking maple syrup.

The Quebec maple syrup industry has just reported a record yield of a whopping 175 million pounds of the liquid gold for this season, and has also said that people have continued to buy the sugary Canuck topping regardless of the financial strain the pandemic has placed on both sellers and consumers.

"Despite the pandemic, retail demand for syrup has remained strong," the Maple Industry Council said in a release.

Though things ran a little differently this year due to the health crisis — key markets like gift shops were hit hard by the pandemic, while delivery of product and travel between regions were impacted  — the group representing more than 11,000 maple syrup manufacturers across the province called 2020 a "most unusual year" that it will never forget.

This year also happens to be the 100th year of maple syrup production in Quebec.

"It will go down in the history of our organization," Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) said in a release.

The season, which officially kicked off on Feb. 18, was likely so successful in part thanks to an unseasonably cold spring, and millions of new taps that were installed into maple trees over the past two years.

QMSP also attributes the banner year to the "resilience and ingenuity" of the distinctively Canadian industry.

More than 70 per cent of the world's supply of the sweet stuff comes from Quebec, which also produces about 90 per cent of Canada's own stock.

Even crime in Canada is drenched in syrup, with the biggest caper in our country's history being the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist, during which nearly $20 million of mapley goodness was stolen over a number of months from a Quebec warehouse.

Even though the past six months have been absolutely unbelievable in the worst way, there is still a bit of good news out there to be had — and no time like the present to enjoy a stack of pancakes with some homegrown maple syrup if you're in need of a pick-me-up.

Lead photo by

Ottawa Organics

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