The tiny, picturesque village of St-Antoine-de-Tilly has a secret.(Via D-squared Digest.)
In a nondescript warehouse on the outskirts of town, some 40 kilometres southwest of Quebec City, there is a stash of maple syrup.
A 6.3-million-kilogram stash of maple syrup, to be exact.
About 60 kilometres further south, another 1.4-million-kilogram cache is squirrelled away in Plessisville, a town proclaimed as the World Maple Capital in 1976.
Together, these stockpiles are officially called the International Strategic Reserve, which works like a Fort Knox for Canada's most-cherished breakfast condiment – a massive arsenal of sweet, liquid gold ready to be deployed to feed a rise in global demand while maintaining price stability.
North Country Public Radio has a six minute segment on the International Strategic Reserve.
A couple years ago, a friend of the station e-mailed us to say she had heard something about a "strategic maple reserve"--a vast bunker of maple syrup hidden somewhere in the Great White North just in case of--well, we didn't know.Finally, the Montreal Gazette has some recipes.