Facts about maple syrup

How do I use maple syrup for cooking?

Pure maple syrup can be used as a healthy alternative to sugar in a variety of dishes, such as desserts and baked goods (cakes and pies), just to name a few.

The natural sweetener adds depth and complexity to a wide range of recipes, and can be used as an ingredient in glazes, rubs or barbecue sauces for poultry, meat, seafood or vegetables.

To substitute pure maple syrup for granulated sweeteners such as white sugar, use a one-for-one substitution and reduce the quantity of liquid ingredients in the recipe (water, milk, juice) by 60ml. Pure maple syrup also serves as a one-to-one substitution for other liquid sweeteners, such as honey, black treacle and corn syrup.

Pure maple syrup can also:

  • Add a subtle sweetness and a hint of maple flavour to fresh fruit, cereal and ice cream
  • Sweeten tea, hot chocolate, coffee, eggnog and smoothies
  • Jazz up a cocktail, instead of simple syrup

Is maple syrup sustainable?

Maple syrup is 100% pure and natural, and producers must adhere to strict guidelines and standards set out by Canadian law and the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.

Each maple harvest season, the sugar trees are tapped in a slightly different area than the previous year, preserving the healthy and sustainable growth of the trees.

The Quebec ‘Preservation of Agricultural Land and Agricultural Activities’ Act (‘Loi sur la protection du territoire et des activités agricoles’) forbids the cutting down an entire maple grove in an agricultural zone. It means the consumption of maple products contributes to the protection of forests and wildlife.

How much maple syrup comes from Canada?

Canada produces 71% of the world’s pure maple syrup, 91% of which is produced in Quebec.

Canada’s maple syrup producing regions are located in the provinces of Quebec (primary producer), Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

There are more than 8,600 maple syrup businesses in Canada. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ) ensures the economic, social and ethical interests of more than 7,300 maple businesses in Quebec.

Maple syrup has long been part of Canada’s cultural fabric. The country’s Amerindian peoples taught the early settlers how to harvest sap and boil it to make maple syrup.

Today, Canadian maple syrup is exported to about 50 countries, including the UK, US and Japan.

Where can I buy pure Canadian maple syrup?

Pure Canadian maple syrup is readily available in all major UK supermarkets. You will usually find it in the baking goods section, or next to the jams and honeys.

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