It’s time to tap those trees! It’s officially maple syrup season. This natural sweetness starts to flow from trees beginning in late January and may continue into late May. Honestly, what good is a hot stack of pancakes, french toast, or waffles without a drizzle of organic maple syrup? Yum! It’s not only a breakfast staple though. It’s much more.
Where Does Maple Syrup Come From?
Simply stated, maple syrup is the boiled down sap from maple trees. Any variety of maple, including sugar, black, red, silver, and box elder trees all produce this sap. As its name suggests, the sugar maple is the sweetest of them all. An overwhelming 71 percent of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada. It was first discovered there in the early 1500s by explorers who believed they were cutting down a walnut tree, only to have sticky sap gushing everywhere. It was a maple tree! In addition to Canada, the climate of the NorthEastern United States region also lends itself to ideal conditions.
From the Trees to the Bottle
Once the time is right, farmers insert taps into maple trees and hang buckets from the taps to collect all the sticky, sappy goodness. This occurs once the temperatures begin to alternate between freezing overnight and thawing during the day.
Prior to the winter freeze, maple trees produce a starch-like substance, storing it in their trunk and roots. Then, during the winter cold, that starch converts to sugar. As temperatures begin to rise, the new sugary substance also begins to rise up within the tree. Cold weather is necessary to ensure a successful “sugaring” process. Thus, unseasonably warm winters are not-so-great for sap production.
Organic Maple Syrup
Now that you’ve learned all about the process, come on in to stock up on organic maple syrup! We offer the following quality brands here at Martindale’s:
- Coombs Family Farms based in Vermont, USA, has been around for over 150 years and is now in its seventh generation of family-run farms. Additionally, they have over 3,000 farms full of maple trees. Since there is one, and only one ingredient in the bottle, it is perfect for those with allergies, considering it has no known allergens. Not only do they commit to crafting a quality product your entire family will love, but they commit to doing so while protecting the forests. Each and every one of the farmers who supply their organic maple syrup are certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI).
- Cadia Grade A maple syrup is a product of both the USA and Canada. It has a dark color and robust flavor. Their North American family farms share a commitment to quality, environmental stewardship, and sustainable forestry. Every bottle is vegan, gluten free, and Certified USDA Organic.
- Shady Maple Farms 100% organic maple syrup is a product of Quebec, Canada. It is certified organic by EcoCert Canada and certified Fair Trade in accordance with the Fair For Life Standard. Shady Maple Farms is committed to developing innovative products with a naturally occurring substance while respecting the total integrity and purity of the maple forests.
Time to Eat!
Grab a bottle of maple syrup and let’s dig in! Maple syrup is a great way to naturally sweeten your coffee, tea, or baked goods to avoid refined sugar. Drizzle some onto roasted vegetables for a sweet and savory dish. Or, if you want to stick with the classics, try these High Fiber Maple Pancakes.
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