Monday, December 17, 2018

December 17, Maple Syrup Day
Nutrition and Serving Suggestions

Maple syrup is syrup usually made from the sap of a variety of maple trees. The Canadian province of Quebec is the largest producer. Vermont is the largest producer in the United States.

· Maple syrup is graded according to scales based on its density and translucency. Sucrose is the most prevalent sugar in maple syrup.
· Canada, syrups must be at least 66 percent sugar and be made exclusively from maple sap to qualify as maple syrup.
· In the United States, the syrup must be made almost entirely from maple sap to be labeled as "maple".
· "Maple-flavored" syrups include maple syrup but may contain additional ingredients.
· "Pancake syrup", "waffle syrup", "table syrup", and similarly named syrups are substitutes which are less expensive than maple syrup

Maple syrup is often added to pancakes, waffles, French toast, fruit, ice cream, and hot cereal. It is used as sweetener or flavoring agent in baking and in granola, applesauce, baked beans, candied sweet potatoes, winter squash, cakes, pies, and breads. Culinary professionals praise its unique flavor.

Maple syrup has a significant amount of manganese (13 grams = 22% DV) and contains potassium and calcium.

How It's Made - Maple Syrup

Reference: Wikipedia. Maple Syrup

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