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Maple Syrup - A Delightfully Interesting Treat

May 27, 2008
Maple syrup is regarded as an ordinary sweetener for breakfasts and desserts. However, most people do not know certain interesting facts about it such as the processes in producing it and its various types.

One of the most beloved ingredients included in breakfasts and snacks is maple syrup. With its rich texture and delightfully sweet taste, it has become a staple sweetener in breakfasts such as French toast, cornbread, pancakes, and waffles. Also, maple syrup has been commonly used in snacks such as ice cream, candy, and other kinds of desserts. Furthermore, a more unconventional use of maple syrup is demonstrated in its being a flavoring agent or sugar source for beer. But as you pour that sweet syrup on your bread, do you ever wonder how it is made?

Maple syrup production is indeed an interesting process, and it all starts in a sugar bush, which is a term used to describe a maple syrup farm. In this location, sugar maple trees or black maple trees are cultivated. Producers of maple syrup have chosen the two aforesaid kinds of maple trees as they contain the highest amount of sugar. Usually during February, March, and April, maple trees produce sap, which is collected by plastic pipelines that are attached to specific parts of the trees. The pipes send the maple sap to a large container, which is then transported to a sugarhouse. Once in the sugarhouse, the sap will be placed in a tank that has valves, which lead to a flat pan called an evaporator. The evaporator will boil down the sap so much that a huge amount of water in it is lost and it would turn into a syrupy substance, which is the final product. With regard to its main producers, Canada provides around 80% of the world's maple syrup, most of it made in the province of Quebec. In the United States, Vermont is the largest maple syrup producer.

Moving on, maple syrup comes in a number of grades. In Canada, maple syrup is divided into three grades, each one containing a number of classes depending on color. First is Canada #1, which includes extra light, light, and medium. Next are Canada #2 which contains amber and Canada #3 which includes dark maple syrup. In the United States, maple syrup is divided into Grade A and Grade B. Grade A is further broken down into light amber, medium amber, and dark amber. Grade B is much darker than Grade dark amber.

Lastly, looking for sources of bottled maple syrup is easy as this product is available in almost all cities. Supermarkets and grocery stores are primary sources of maple syrup. In these establishments, you can find various types, brands, and quantities of maple syrup, and some of them may even let you have a sample of a particular brand before purchasing it. On the other hand, if you plan to start a business related to maple syrup such as a pancake stand, you can find retail outlets in your city that sell maple syrup in bulk. Alternatively, you can also try to browse the Internet for online purchasing sites that sell maple syrup and deliver to your establishment or house the product you ordered.
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