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National Maple Syrup Day

If you’re a syrup with your pancakes or waffles kind of person…today is great day because it’s National Maple Syrup day! 

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Maple syrup has been produced in America since the 1700s, and for a long time the United States was the top maple syrup producing country in the world (with Vermont as the top maple syrup producing state), though since the 1930s Canada has taken the top spot.  It is considered a great substitute for other sweeteners – partially because of it’s low glycemic index, and because it also contains antioxidants and minerals including manganese, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium and others.
 
People will sometimes refer to maple syrup as “liquid gold” because it is incredibly expensive, for good reason.  Maple Syrup is made from maple sap, generally from black or red maple trees (though not always).  It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup – the sap is collected from trees and then processed with heat to evaporate most of the water, leaving a concentrated syrup.
 
While maple syrup is delicious on pancakes and waffles, it is so versatile that it can be used on many other items…desserts (it makes a great topping for vanilla ice cream!), a glaze for veggies, and much more!  How do you enjoy maple syrup?
Monday, December 17, 2018
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