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Question: We're hearing more and more about maple water.
What are the advantages of drinking it?

We all remember drinking maple water straight from the bucket during sugaring-off season. This childhood pleasure is becoming increasingly rare today, the metal buckets having been replaced by tubes that carry the sap directly from the tree to the sugar shack.

This limited-time beverage, that until recently couldn't be conserved longer than a few days, is now available in Quebec grocery stores. In fact, thanks to a new conservation technique that took the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers seven years to develop, there is now a brand new line of products. The three brands that are NAPSI-certified will keep for up to 18 months at room temperature.

Maple water

This is a true bioactive cocktail made up of 46 nutrients essential to the growth and protection of the tree, including several vitamins and minerals, organic acids, amino acids, polyphenols, and phytohormones. For those who prefer their water flavoured, maple water provides an interesting option. Despite its subtly-sweet flavour, a 1-cup serving contains only 6 grams of carbohydrates and 25 calories. Maple water hydrates and nourishes, so active individuals will love drinking it before, during, and after their workouts.

A good drink for quenching one's thirst, it's also be a great ally in the kitchen. You can use it when cooking a ham, and also for brewing delicious coffee with subtle maple aromas. It's excellent in cocktails and makes great, delicately sweet ice cubes as well.

You can find maple water at Rachelle-Béry stores, and great maple water cooking ideas at ilovemaple.ca.

For more information about maple water, watch for the next issue of LE must magazine (in French only), available this May.

Marjolaine Jetté
Editor of LE must magazine