Aceraceae Acer saccharum Marsh.

Sugar Maple

Potawatomi - Food, Sweetener

Use documented by:
Smith, Huron H., 1933, Ethnobotany of the Forest Potawatomi Indians, Bulletin of the Public Museum of the City of Milwaukee 7:1-230, page 92

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Scientific name: Acer saccharum Marsh.
USDA symbol: ACSAS (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Sugar Maple
Family: Aceraceae
Family (APG): Sapindaceae
Native American Tribe: Potawatomi
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Sweetener
Notes: Maple sugar used, instead of salt, to season all cooking. The sugar maple and the black sugar maple are found all over Wisconsin and were considered to be the most valuable trees in the forest because they furnished them their seasoning material. While they do use salt today, it is an acquired ingredient and most of the old people would prefer to have sugar for their seasoning.

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