maple syrup

Food and Recipe of the Month: Maple Syrup

Care of Andrea Howe at As the weather begin to warm, maple syrup season begins! This Canadian staple has been an ingredient used for centuries. Along with its rich taste, it comes with many health benefits. Compared to other sweeteners, maple syrup contains numerous antioxidants and can be beneficial for reducing free radical damage that contributes to the formation of various diseases. Although all sugars should be consumed in moderation, maple syrup may be a better alternative to refined sugars as it is lower on the glycemic index. It also contains zinc which is known to strengthen your immune system, perfect for the cold Canadian winters! Maple syrup has such a decadent flavour, it can be enjoyed on its own over pancakes or waffles, or added as a replacement to refined sugars. The rich flavour also allows for less amounts of it to be used in recipes. Try these raw energy bites sweetened with dates and maple syrup! Raw Energy Bites Makes 20 bites Ingredients: ½ cup almonds, raw ½ cup walnuts, raw 1 cup packed dates 2 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla warm water Directions: 1. In a food processor, blend all… Read More

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Care of Amy Symington What is more Canadian than maple syrup? A thick Quebecois accent, eager beavers, veggie poutine and Canadian Club whisky may all give it a run for its loonies but maple syrup is recognized globally as liquid Canadian candy.  Fact. The Process The province of Quebec alone is responsible for ¾ of the world’s maple syrup sales. The best part? It is a renewable resource that comes from trees. It’s not often that you can say that. The more trees, the more maple syrup too! As they all have equally high starch/sugar content, the 3 main types of trees that are used for maple syrup production or “tapping” as it’s referred to in the industry are:  Sugar Maple, Black Maple and Red Maple. Once they have grown to be 12 inches in diameter, the trees are ready to be tapped every year. Late March to early April is the typical maple syrup season. Like other processes in spring, things thaw and tree sap is no different. As the sap begins to thaw, it also begins to run. This tends to last about 4-6 weeks and is collected either via an “old school” bucket or an… Read More

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