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Maple Syrup - A Jewel on Snow

Updated on November 27, 2013

Maple Syrup

Dark, Amber and Naturally Sweet

Thank goodness for sugar maple trees. Every spring when sap runs, it's tapped to create the jewel of the breakfast world. Small spigots drain sap into buckets and the sweet, dark amber jewel is boiled into a syrup which the world knows as "maple syrup". On breakfast tables everywhere, maple syrup is practically a necessity for pancakes, waffles, French toast, even as a wonderful addition to cereals like oatmeal and farina. Maple Syrup is so versatile. It's found as a topping for many desserts such as custards, ice cream and butterscotch pudding.

Nature's Gift to the Breakfast Table

Maple syrup is nature's gift to pancakes. It's also the secret ingredient in baked beans, liver and onions and salad dressing for mixed greens and fruit. Kids especially like the surprise sweetness as icing on cakes and cupcakes. The great thing about Maple Syrup is that it is a natural ingredient. From sugar maple trees to the familiar bottle, pure maple syrup has no additional preservatives.

Apples and Cinnamon With A Dash of Maple Syrup

Some foods just naturally marry well. Apples, cinnamon and maple syrup are three of those. Add a dash to homemade apple pie, apple crisp or any recipe that calls for apples. The same is true of Maple Syrup and nuts. Maple syrup does well in pecan and chess pies as well as most coffee cakes. Walnuts and maple syrup make a wonderful topping for any dessert or even breakfast pancakes.

Sugar on Snow - warm maple syrup poured over a bowl of fresh fallen snow

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Spotlighting A Breakfast Gift Basket - includes pure vermont maple syrup

Rise and Shine Good Morning Breakfast Gift Basket
Rise and Shine Good Morning Breakfast Gift Basket

Rise and Shine! Your lucky gift recipient will greet the day with a smile while tucking into this great gourmet gift basket, filled with everything needed to start the day. Rev up with Caffe Latte Coffee Mix, Mocha Latte, Cappuccino, Caffe Espresso Cappuccino, Balli's Best Latte Candy and Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans. For tea lovers we've included a Tazo Tea Duet, Peace Vanilla Chai and Longevity Green Tea Chai drink mixes with two packages Nonni's Biscotti for dunking. For breakfast try the irresistable, freshly made Blueberry Pancakes topped with pure Vermont Maple Syrup -

 

Top Ten US. Producers of Maple Syrup - sources from 2009 maple syrup production figures

UNITED STATES: U.S. maple syrup production in 2009 totaled 2.33 million gallons, up 22 percent from 2008 and the highest on record since 1944. The number of taps is estimated at 8.65 million, 4 percent above the 2008 total of 8.33 million. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.269 gallons, up 17 percent from the previous season... info from USDA

  1. Vermont - 920,000 gallons of maple syrup produced
  2. Maine - 395,000 gallons of maple syrup produced
  3. New York - 362,000 gallons of maple syrup produced
  4. Wisconsin - 200,000 gallons of maple syrup produced
  5. Michigan - 115,000 gallons of maple syrup produced
  6. New Hampshire - 94,000 gallons of maple syrup produced
  7. Pennsylvania - 92,000 gallons of maple syrup produced
  8. Ohio - 90,000 gallons of maple syrup produced
  9. Massachusetts - 46,000 gallons of maple syrup produced
  10. Connecticut - 13,000 gallons of maple syrup produced

Spotlight on Maple Syrup

The Maple Syrup Book
The Maple Syrup Book

In this richly illustrated book, the authors explore every aspect of maple syrup's history and lore, from Native legends surrounding its discovery to its importance in the pioneer diet. They explain the sugar maple's exalted status in the maple tree family and why maple sap is still one of nature's great mysteries. Included are details of how sugar maples are tapped and how the sap is collected, a long-standing and important tradition in New England.

 

Liquid Sweetness

The average price in 2008 for a gallon of pure Maple Syrup was 40.50 US.- up from 32.80 US. in 2007

Spotlighing Maple Syrup For Grades 1 to 3

From Maple Trees to Maple Syrup (From Farm to Table)
From Maple Trees to Maple Syrup (From Farm to Table)

Grade 1-3 - Each of these easy readers introduces the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption. Simple sentences in large type are accompanied by clear color photos of the food being harvested, processed, and consumed. Children will enjoy the easy-to-make recipe in each book as well as the "Fun Facts," such as "A healthy sugar maple tree can live more than 200 years."

 

Candy Made In New England - pure new england maple syrup

Brown Family Farm Pure Maple Candy, 24-Count Bonbons, 5.75-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 2)
Brown Family Farm Pure Maple Candy, 24-Count Bonbons, 5.75-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 2)

At Brown Family Farm, we create extraordinarily delicious maple culinary delights. Working exclusively with independent New England farmers and chefs, we use only pure New England maple prrepared in small batches to create the finest authentic maple fare

 

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      Emily Tack 6 years ago from USA

      I am a devout maple syrup lover! For years I have warned about high-fructose corn syrup, and now - the jury is in! Maple trees are just incredible, and the syrup that comes from them is unparalleled in taste. Love it, and so glad to see this Lens!