Maple water coming to Canada
February 7, 2013
It is no secret that maple syrup is of great value to Canadians. Just a few months ago, thousands of gallons of maple syrup was stolen and it caused quite the uproar. Now, Quebec's maple syrup producers are planning on launching a new beverage - maple water, according to The Globe and Mail.
The product, which will be made of 100 percent maple syrup, reportedly has a fresh and "delicately sweet" taste. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers feels as though it is a nice addition to a gourmet meal, according to the news source.
"We are very proud to announce the launch of this new agricultural product that will help to promote maple and Quebec among the commercial sector and consumers everywhere. This universal product will also boost employment and the economy in the region," said federation president Serge Beaulieu.
The drink has been in development for seven years, and the federation thinks it is the perfect thirst-quenching drink for the summer. The water will be harvested every spring and then sterilized. The sterilization process will allow the water to be kept in room temperature for 18 months, according to the media outlet.
One thing's for sure, those at the federation are elated about the new product, and they are excited for maple water to be delivered to the public, so people can enjoy the beverage just as much as they have.
"When you taste it, it's like experiencing or reliving the experience of drinking fresh maple water directly from the tree. It has a distinctive flavor and is slightly sweet. The product has so much promise, in that we can now imagine a range of applications to meet market demand," said director of promotions and market development for the federation, Genevieve C. Beland.
According to The Wall Street Journal, this sap water may taste delicious, but it certainly packs in the calories. The federation said that a 250-milliliter serving will have about six grams of sugar and 25 calories. This is about half of what a typical sports drinks has. As a result, drinking a lot of this beverage can add up in the long run.