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Your maple syrup could be different this year, according to producers

Your maple syrup could be different this year, according to producers
Maple syrup on pancakes / GMVozd / E+ / Getty Images

Before the cold we've recently been experiencing, Montreal has been pretty gifted with warm weather! So much in fact that spring almost felt like it was on the horizon for a little bit!

The warmer weather didn't come without leaving its traces, unfortunately... Maple producers across the country have recently felt the changes its brought. More specifically, their maple trees have started producing sap earlier than expected this year, due to rising temperatures. Let's just say this really took maple producers by surprise!

The milder temperatures came before maple producers were expecting it, meaning that almost no sap was collected. Those who did collect the sap in time will be left with syrup that will most likely have a different taste and colour than usual (syrup of a darker shade!)

JonathanLesage / E+ / Getty Images

Source: JonathanLesage / E+ / Getty Images

"If we think of the season, normally starting beginning of March, this early run is really a bonus, it gives people that were able to gather the sap in our area, maybe an extra 10 to 15 per cent of production for the year. So it's good thing," said Jamie Fortune, owner of Fortune Farms Maple Sugar Bush in an interview.

Montreal, be ready for your pancakes' best friend to look and taste a little different this year! Not to worry though, it will be just as delicious and sweet. 

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