WBEZ | gorosoe http://www.wbez.org/tags/gorosoe Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Is Indiana maple sap the next coconut water? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/indiana-maple-sap-next-coconut-water-106072 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8554318136/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplekiba.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="French camp historical reenactor Mike Tharp offers Kiba Chu maple sap at the National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>At this very moment in Indiana, the one and only Tim Burton, maker of <u><a href="http://www.burtonsmaplewoodfarm.com/Default.asp?Redirected=Y">Burton&#39;s maple syrup</a></u>, considered the best by Chicago&#39;s top chefs, is bottling what might become the next coconut water: maple sap. And it&#39;s not just a new food fad. In South Korea, rural villagers have been drinking what <u><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/06/world/asia/06maple.html">they call&nbsp;<em>gorosoe</em></a></u> for thousands of years during ritual spring festivals.</p><p>I stole a taste of fresh maple sap as it dripped from a tree last Saturday at the <u><a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a></u>, a benefit for the&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.headsupfoundation.org/">Heads Up!!! Foundation</a></u>,&nbsp;on Burton&#39;s Maplewood Farm in Medora. The flavor is barely sweet, some say like green tea, a so-called superfood to which it&#39;s been compared in this&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.chinapost.com.tw/life/science-and-technology/2011/04/03/297117/Maple-syrup.htm"><em>China Post</em> story</a></u>. At this time of the year it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8554405588/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mapledinner.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Maple Syrup Festival wine dinner menu at Story Inn in Story, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">But first, we kicked off the festival weekend with a wine dinner at Story Inn. Story was founded in 1851 as a logging town. Now the entire tiny, unincorporated town is collectively a charming inn, restaurant, and host to the annual <u><a href="http://www.indianawinefair.com/">Indiana Wine Fair</a></u>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">During dinner, Burton told the tale of Jacob Flinn,&nbsp;his wife Angie&#39;s great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. Two hundred years ago today, on March 13, 1813, Jacob was captured by native American&nbsp;Pottawatomies. He carried with him a heavy kettle he used to boil maple sap. The full story can be found at the&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.lawrencecountyhistory.org/jm/">Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society</a></u> in Bedford, Ind. &mdash; and on bottles of Burton&#39;s maple syrup.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8553265373/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplechallenge.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="King Arthur Flour Sweet Victory Challenge, breakfast category, at National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: left;">The morning after the dinner, I was one of the judges for the King Arthur Flour <u><a href="http://www.sweetvictorychallenge.com/">Sweet Victory Challenge</a></u>. The winner for Adult Division, Breakfast:&nbsp;</span>Spicy Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Glazed Apples and Yogurt Topping by Gilda Lester of Millsboro, Delaware. But the challengers weren&#39;t all sweet. The Savory Adult winner, Maple Cranberry Sauce over Pork Tenderloin with Sea Salt Pancake Crisps, and the Youth winner, <u><a href="http://www.sweetvictorychallenge.com/2013-winners-youth-division/">Chicken &amp; Rooster &amp; Waffles</a></u>.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8554333510/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplecake.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Nun's Cake, rich seed cake, with maple syrup at National Maple syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Finally on the farm, native American camp interpreter Jeremy Turner celebrated his birthday with an 18th century cake called <u><a href="http://recipes.history.org/2011/11/to-make-a-rich-seed-cake-called-the-nuns-cake/">a Nun&#39;s Cake</a></u>. The rich pound cake with caraway seeds was made by Terry Sargent at the French camp from a historic recipe. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8555382682/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplebuckets.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="French camp settlers with maple sap buckets at National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">At French camp Mike and Celia Tharp were just collecting buckets of sap. Mike offered my dog Kiba a drink. He said they give it to their livestock.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8554301990/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplebarrels.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Koval Distillery Lion's Pride Whiskey barrels at Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">In this country, only a few maple syrup makers are bottling sap, with one making <u><a href="http://www.vtsweetwater.com/maple_seltzer.html">carbonated maple sap</a></u>. Burton says his bottled maple sap, Maplewood Mist, will be available starting this July at Green City Market. With the <u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/international-home-housewares-show-2013-105930">DIY soda trend</a></u> I reported at the Housewares Show, you might make your own maple sap soda soon too.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com//photos/louisachu/sets/72157632982467877/show/"><u><em>Watch the National Maple Syrup Festival 2013 slideshow.</em></u></a><p><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u><em>Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</em></u></a></p></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8553196879/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplemelt.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="McGuire's Melt, fried biscuit with maple syrup glaze, at National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/indiana-maple-sap-next-coconut-water-106072