A local, natural and nutritious sweetener
If you’re still buying Aunt Jemima’s butter flavor “maple syrup” it’s time to stop because there’s nothing local, natural or nutritious about it. Make the switch to real maple syrup that’s produced in Ontario and 100 percent natural and healthy!
Maple syrup is one of my favourite sweeteners (along with coconut palm sugar) because not only is it delicious, but it’s good for you! I recently bought some from my girlfriend (her parents are producers in Dundee, Ontario), and she gave me some great maple syrup information that I want to share.
Real maple syrup is a good source of vitamins and minerals:
- Manganese: gets enzymes working, which is important for proper digestion
- Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin: metabolizes carbs and fat, which means it helps our body efficiently produce energy from food
- Zinc: helps strengthen our immune system, and improves skin elasticity
- Magnesium: improves calcium absorption, and is important for proper heart function
- Calcium: important for healthy bones and teeth
- Potassium: important for fluid balance, proper nerve function and muscle contraction
Use as your main sweetener
Maple syrup can be used in place of sugar or other sweeteners in most situations. You can use it in baking and desserts, homemade salad dressing and marinades, drizzled on plain yogurt, or added to baked squash, turnip and carrots. When mixed with whiskey and pecans, it makes a delish topping for a baked brie appetizer. (It’s a little rich to be an everyday snack, but perfect to bring to a party if you want to impress your guests!)
100 percent natural
Real maple syrup is totally natural with no additives; it’s made from the sap of maple trees. Maple sap is collected using buckets or tubes, and gathered into a large tank where the evaporator boils off the excess water. The hot syrup is than filtered to remove any “sugar sand” or sediment, and transferred to large drums. You can purchase different grades of maple syrup, which include extra light, light, medium, amber or dark. The lighter grades have a delicate flavour (this is what I ordered from my friend, and it’s amazing) and the darker colours have a stronger maple taste.
Fun fact: it takes up to 40 litres of maple sap to produce one litre of maple syrup!
Make sure it’s legit!
Before you purchase your maple syrup, make sure it has a yellow stamp that says Member of Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association. This ensures your syrup was made using best practices and you’re buying a safe, high quality product.
If you’re interested in ordering maple syrup from my friend’s parents, you can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 696-3551. If you want to pick it up, they’re located in New Dundee which is close to Kitchener. They can also ship it. One litre of maple syrup is $20.