2021 was the first year I started tapping maples for syrup. We decided this a week into maple season, when there was no equipment on sale and the maples were virtually unidentifiable to a beginner like I was. Still, I managed about half a gallon of maple syrup in the season, evaporating it on a little plug-in burner outside.
2022 was a much better maple season. I knew where all my maples were. I upped my collection and evaporated on a large turkey deep-fryer, the one in the photo. The photo below is from the first test-batch of 2022 of some light-amber maple syrup.
Maples aren't really found in the Middle East, and maple syrup certainly isn't. If they had maples, it doesn't get cold enough to start the process that releases the sap. The process is entirely localized to the northeast United States and eastern Canada. However, maple syrup shares a lot of similarities in substance to honey.
"How sweet is Your word to my taste— yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalm 119:103 TLV)
Here, the psalmist is speaking about how God's word (before the New Testament, meaning the Torah, Prophecies, and Writings) are sweeter than even honey. This entire portion of Psalm 119, from verse 97 to 104 deals with the blessing that is Torah. As a result of it, the psalmist explains, I have wisdom, discernment, and knowledge that I could've gotten from no earthly teacher. Because of God's word, I have understanding and stay clear of evil ways and doers.
Imagine the most sweetest thing you can think of. For the psalmist, this was honey. For me, in my area, this is maple syrup. Both are a sort of liquid gold, where a small amount requires a lot of work. It eventually pays of with concentrated sweetness. But even still, God's word is sweeter! If the beekeeper or maple producer spend hours upon hours for just a drop of syrup, how much more is God's word worth?