Maple Syrup Day 2020

Pure Canadian maple syrup is healthier alternative to sugar

Maple syrup is so beloved, it even has its own holiday! So, when and what is Maple Syrup Day?

The 17th December is Maple Syrup Day, a day that was created to celebrate this 100% natural sweetener. Dedicated to showcasing the remarkable and delectable attributes of organic maple syrup, it’s the perfect occasion to try some maple treats.

Across Canada, the US and the UK, Maple Syrup Day is celebrated through maple inspired dishes, all made lovingly with delicious, sumptuous maple syrup.

The history of pure Canadian maple syrup spans decades, with first recorded origins dating back to 1536. Almost 500 years later, the delicious, versatile, silky substance has become a staple in many households and is an ingredient we all know and love.

The province of Quebec produces 90% of Canadian maple syrup, with thousands of producers across the region collecting and processing the sweet sap from maple trees. The process to produce pure Canadian maple syrup has remained as natural as it always has been, making maple syrup a pure ingredient with no additives or preservatives and a host of health benefits.

To mark the occasion of Maple Syrup Day we’ve put together some recipes that you can try at home in celebration. Starting with, of course, starters! This light but hearty corn and butternut squash soup with maple syrup combines flavours and textures to create the perfect winter warmer.

If you’re looking for something with a bite, this recipe for maple cured salmon on butter toasts is ideal. Comprised of 6-hour cured salmon bursting with flavour and delicate-tasting maple syrup, every mouthful of these canapes is a delight.

Moving on to mains, this maple pork loin with pineapple and roast potatoes is a new maple take on the classic pork and pineapple pairing. An irresistible dish best served with a crisp green salad.

For a vegetarian alternative, why not try our baked aubergine, halloumi and herby maple crumb – warming and flavourful in all the best ways. With sweet maple syrup, salty halloumi and fresh herbs, you’ll definitely be going back for seconds.

Not forgetting dessert, this apple and maple brioche butter pudding is decadent and delicious in equal measure. Buttery brioche, sumptuous apples and rich maple syrup make this a dessert that will soon become a favourite.

Find more maple inspired recipes here.

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.