Pure Maple Syrup
Pure Maple Syrup is a natural and delicious sweetener that is fast becoming a popular choice of gourmet chefs, mixologists, and consumers who want healthier, more natural ingredients for their cuisine.
Pure Maple Syrup delivers more nutrition than all other common sweeteners and has one of the lowest-calorie levels. It is 100% natural, retaining the sap’s mineral nutrients and vitamins that flow through the maple tree to help it grow healthy and strong.
Pure Maple Syrup is Mother Nature’s sweetener. It is simply maple tree sap with most of the water removed. No refined sugars. Nothing added, only water removed. Natural sap is around 2% sugar concentration and becomes syrup when it reaches 66-67% concentration.
Native Americans made Pure Maple Syrup for hundreds of years and introduced the practice to early European settlers in North America. Now, the United States produces over 15 million liters annually. It is one of the fastest growing agricultural crops in the USA.
Similar to the terroir of wines, the flavor profile of pure maple syrup can vary depending on the soil, terrain, weather, year and time of year. While all maple syrup is produced through boiling sap down to syrup, the different technologies and processes by which this is accomplished also creates a wide range of flavors. This amazing diversity attributable to different regions and individual producers is a boon to chefs and mixologists who creatively combine the unique flavors, adding a touch of healthy sweetness to an incredible variety of food and beverages.
The assortment of geographical and producer nuances available for this pure and natural sweetener enable restaurants and home chefs alike to add tremendous value with relatively small quantity per serving. Although the cost of Pure Maple Syrup is higher than its artificial competitors, it is a small luxury many end-users indulge for a healthier lifestyle.
Pure maple syrup has moved well beyond a topping for pancakes and waffles, although that remains a popular use with new and artistic twists. Resourceful cooks now replace refined sugars with pure maple products to enhance meats, vegetables, cereals, sauces, and confections. It is whisked into salad dressings, drizzled on fruit and ice cream, and baked into biscuits, cakes, and pies. Pure maple is increasingly brewed into craft beers, distilled into liquors, and added as an exotic twist to mixed drinks.
Imagine the possibilities: maple butternut puree, baked brie with pumpkin maple sauce, orange maple balsamic salmon, tofu nuggets with maple-mustard dipping sauce, coconut maple coffee, maple cannellini bean salad with baby broccoli… the possibilities are endless and delightful.
For even more choice, you can get pure maple syrup aged in bourbon, rum, and tequila barrels, or infused with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, cardamon, coffee, strawberry, rose, chili, and even bacon flavors. A cornucopia of flavor to enchant the senses!
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