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Dd and I read a story <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Maple Moon</span> of a young boy in the Mississauga tribe who discovers maple sap dripping from a tree. His mother ends up taking a bowl of the sap and throwing it in a pot with fresh meat. In the story the maple sap ended up tenderizing the meat and the elders were amazed at the taste.<br>
I've searched NT and Full Moon Feast for any reference, but saw none. I've also googled without any luck. I'd love to try this including any spices that native american tradition would have used. Anybody have an idea?<br><br>
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The sap is very different from the syrup, though. I'd love to find plain maple sap, but it's impossible to find in my area.
 

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I just finished Full Moon Feast, and I do remember a comment about the story of how maple syrup was discovered matching the one you described above, although she was making comment on how they were amazed at how the sap turned to sugar rather than the effect it had on the meat- if I remember correctly. I know that doesn't really answer your question though, I hope someone knows <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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This doesn't really give the info you are looking for but it's all about maple syrup and Native Americans, still an intersting read.<br><br><a href="http://www.kstrom.net/isk/food/maple.html" target="_blank">http://www.kstrom.net/isk/food/maple.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just finished Full Moon Feast, and I do remember a comment about the story of how maple syrup was discovered matching the one you described above, although she was making comment on how they were amazed at how the sap turned to sugar rather than the effect it had on the meat- if I remember correctly. I know that doesn't really answer your question though, I hope someone knows <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Hmm, I'll have to pull out my copy of Full Moon Feast and look for that... is it in the section called "Sap Moon"?
 

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Yep, page 25.<br><br>
"An Iroquiois legend explains how the secret of maple sugaring was discovered. A chief named Woksis threw his tomahawk into a tree before leaving on a hunt. As the weather warmed, the sap began to flow from the gash into a container that happened to be sitting by the tree. The woman of the house found the container full of liquid, assumed her thoughtful husband had already been to the stream to fetch it full of water, and used it to boil the evening's meat. As the meat stewed, the sap cooked down into syrup, and thus the secret of maple sugaring was revealed."
 
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