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Canada can be thought of as a major produces of  some sweet treats which have some unique qualities or which were created in Canada, but know well beyond its borders. Nanaimo bars is a dessert of Canadian origin, which is popular all over North America and perhaps in other countries of the world. Honey of truly exquisite quality is produced in Canadian prairie provinces. Finally, Quebec, Canada, produces most of the world's supply of the famous maple syrup. And the list does not end here.

  • Canadian Maple Syrup

Canada is known as a major producer of maple syrup. In fact, it produces 80-85% of the world’s supply, exporting it to more than 45 countries. More than 90% of all Canadian maple syrup is produced in Ontario. The remaining producers reside in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Current maple syrup production in Canada has some of the most innovative systems in the industry. In addition, the quality of Canadian maple syrup is closely monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency which ensures the highest quality of the product.

Maple syrup is wonderful product. It is made from the sap of a maple tree. The sap itself is clear and almost tasteless. In addition, in contains very little sugar. When it is boiled, the water evaporates and the sap turns into sweet syrup with very characteristic flavour. Boiling increases the content of sugar to 60%. Maple sap is one of the few agricultural products which can be collected in winter, when snow is still on the ground. The sap is collected in February or March. It can be collected from five different varieties of maple, but sugar maple is known to provide the most flavourful syrup.

  • Honey in Canada

All over the world Canadian honey is recognised for its superior quality and incredible taste. Canada has ideal conditions for producing honey. Traditionally long summers provide honeybees with enough blooming crops and nectar to make honey yield in Canada twice as large as the world's average, while Canada's clean and vast environment is responsible for the superior quality of the product. In addition, honeybee industry is regulated by very strict import restrictions. There are only a handful of countries where the honeybees can be imported from including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The prairie provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the major honey producers in Canada.

Producing 75 million pounds of honey annually Canada exports its honey to more than 30 countries of the world. Filtered and pasteurized honey does not require any preservatives and it can be stored for over two years without losing its quality. However, honey industry in Canada can offer much more than just honey. The by-products of the industry include beeswax for candles and various household uses and protein-rich pollen mostly used as a diet supplement. Propolis is also produced alongside honey. It is often used in cosmetics as an ingredient for lip balms, tonics and other products. Royal jelly is another by-product of honey industry that used in cosmetics. It is produced by worker bees for the queen bee.

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