Step into spring with these delicious recipes

Georgina Hayden's Maple roasted carrots, burrata and pistachio pesto

Embrace the new season with these wonderful and simple dishes using the best of seasonal ingredients. With March 20 officially marking the start of spring, we have rounded up some of our favourite recipes you can enjoy as we begin to (hopefully) welcome the warmer weather.

Harvesting flavours of springtime fruit and vegetables is the perfect way to welcome the change in season and enjoy a variety of new dishes that celebrates seasonal produce. All you need to do is set the table and enjoy a spring dish to brighten up your day.

Serve the taste of spring with Georgina Hayden’s maple roasted carrots, burrata and pistachio pesto. The light and colourful spring flavours in the maple-roasted carrots, creamy burrata and fresh pesto make it the perfect dish to enjoy as either a main meal or a tasty starter.

Sweet and sticky maple mackerel is a great meat alternative, perfect to experiment with on your BBQ or grill this spring. Make the most of mackerel with this Asian-inspired dish that uses fresh lime to perfectly complement the oily fish, while the maple, soy, ginger and chilli sauce give the dish a deliciously sticky finish.

Why not try the ultimate spring soul food with Sam and Shauna’s maple sugar pie rub BBQ pork belly? The delicate maple flavours perfectly complement the juicy pork to make it an impressive dish to cook on the coals. Fans of pulled pork and spare ribs will love the texture and flavour of the pork which will taste even sweeter if spring treats us to a warm, sunny day.

By its nature, seasonal produce changes throughout the year, but a store cupboard essential such as pure Canadian maple syrup is a versatile flavour enhancer that works with dishes all year round.

Did you know ?

Québec exports its maple products to more than 50 countries.

Everywhere it goes, consumers of all ages appreciate maple’s unique flavour.

Scientists are studying maple’s potential health benefits.

Studies now underway include those on the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols naturally present in maple syrup.

Maple syrup can be used as a sugar substitute in most recipes.

In cake and most dessert recipes, for each 250ml (1 cup) of syrup used, simply reduce the stipulated amount of liquid (water, milk, juice, etc.) by 60ml (1/4 cup).

A natural source of energy

Maple syrup is a natural source of energy. Check out our recipes for food and drinks before, during, and after exercise.