With a sweet playfulness
Maples — of which there are around 100 species — can grow to up to 30m in height, but some species can reach no less than 45m and can live for 150 years. The leaves are large and pointed. The flowers, which are rich in nectar, are small and sit in bunches. The fruit is known as a schizocarp; consisting of two winged smaller fruits, each containing a seed. These wing-like fruits are known as ‘maple keys’. Children often like to play with them as they spin when they fall. This is why they’re nicknamed ‘helicopters’. When they fall, the wind carries them some distance away from the mother tree, thanks to the aerodynamic properties of the fruit.
The perfect pairing with pancakes
Maple syrup is the perfect complement to pancakes. The syrup is made by evaporating the sap from certain maple species, mainly from the sugar maple. This is the same species of maple that Kährs uses for its flooring.
During the years of rationing, in the Second World War, people were encouraged to add maple syrup to their sugar rations. Special cookbooks were written precisely for this purpose.