Maple Syrup Pesto Recipe
INSPIRED BY CANADA
The maple leaf is almost synonymous with Canada, from its image and name to the byproduct of its tree. In terms of the maple leaf image, Canada’s flag shows it big, red, and central. The maple leaf image was also used in 1868 on the coat of arms of both Quebec and Ontario. In terms of the name, “The Maple Leaf Forever” is the title of a Canadian song that became English-speaking Canada’s unofficial anthem. And last but not least, Canada produces about three-quarters of the world’s pure maple syrup.
Maple syrup production began in Canada when indigenous people taught European settlers techniques to harvest sap during the 18th century.
SAVE FOR LATER
Makes 1 3/4 cups
1/4 cup shelled pecans
2 cups peeled and cut raw acorn squash
1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the desired consistency forms.
If using a mortar and pestle, crush the pecans until a fine crumb forms. Add the acorn squash and mash until smooth. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Mash until the desired consistency forms.
Store pesto in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. Use throughout the week in the next two recipes. Pesto can last in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.
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In Canada, there’s no such thing as Canadian bacon. The term is used because when there was a shortage of pork in the United Kingdom during the 19th century, pork was imported from Canada. Canadian bacon is made from the lean eye of the loin while other bacon comes from the pig's belly.
One of Canada’s most popular alcoholic drinks pairs rum and maple syrup with mulled wine. This drink, called Caribou, is often served at Quebec’s Winter Carnival. Not too far away, Nova Scotia is considered rum country. Distilling rum actually preceded building ships in this maritime province.