With a cheeky playfulness
Maples — of which there are around 100 species — can grow to up to 100 feet (30 m) in height but some species can reach no less than 150 feet (45 m). Maple trees can grow to be 150 years old. The leaves are large and pointed. The flowers, which are rich in nectar, are small and sit in bunches. The fruit is what 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 are 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 goes well with pancakes. The syrup is made by evaporating the sap from certain Maple species, mainly from the Sugar Maple. This is also the 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.