It was fun while it lasted.
The buds on the trees shot out in a hurry to greet these beautiful days we’ve been having and it was time to pull the taps.
The cooktop was quite busy this week and in all, we ended up with a little over two quarts of the tastiest syrup I’ve ever had…straight from our own backyard.
Why I find this all so exciting is beyond me…but I do.
………..Actually, now that I think about it, maybe I do know why.
- I was part of the process.
- I find awe in the things that come from nature.
- The sap seemed so pure and readily available.
- It was basically free (if I had only cooked it all over a wood fire..)
- It was my first time, and it actually turned out…is edible….tastes great…….wasn’t frustrating
- We did it ourselves, so there’s that whole independent, self-reliant factor.
- The food/nature connection in and of itself is exciting.
- It was a memorable learning experience for Madeline.
- It’s a really fun thing to share and chat about with others.
- I’ll be sporting a grin every time I pull a jar out of the fridge.
Not bad for the first year and a bit of a late start.
Next edible thing off those trees will be the young, green maple seeds……::)
Hmmmmm, what other ‘wild edibles’ can I can take advantage of from the backyard? I know I’ll have dandelions here shortly (and spring is prime time for harvesting them while they’re young.) I believe I’m going to have to get even more adventurous and actually see what all I can make out of those golden beauties this year. I think I have elderberries somewhere too….
What are you looking forward to enjoying from the ‘wild’?