How do I use maple syrup for cooking?
Pure maple syrup can be used as a healthy alternative to sugar in a variety of dishes, including desserts and baked goods (pastries, muffins and cakes, just to name a few).The natural sweetener also adds depth and complexity to a wide range of recipes, and can be used as an ingredient in glazes, sauces and gravies for poultry, meat, seafood or vegetables.
In most recipes, maple syrup can be directly substituted for sugar in equal volumes, with additional minor adjustments. For example, when a recipe calls for a cup of sugar, it can be replaced with one cup of maple syrup while taking care to reduce liquids elsewhere in the recipe by 60 ml for each cup of maple syrup used. For recipes that use liquid sweeteners such as honey and corn syrup, it can simply be replaced with an equal volume of maple syrup without any other adjustments.
Pure maple syrup can also:
- Add a subtle sweetness and a hint of maple flavour to fresh fruit, cereal and ice cream
- Be used in savoury dishes to add a unique flavour
- Add flavour to tea, hot chocolate, coffee, milk and smoothies
- Jazz up a cocktail with its unique flavour, when used in place sugar syrup
Is maple syrup sustainable?
Maple syrup is 100% pure and natural, and producers must adhere to strict guidelines and standards set forth by Canadian law and the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers throughout the inspection process.
Each maple harvest season, the sugar trees are tapped in different areas than the previous year, preserving the health and enforcing the sustainable growth of the trees. The Quebec ‘Preservation of Agricultural Land and Agricultural Activities’ Act (‘Loi sur la protection du territoire et des activités agricoles’) forbids cutting down an entire maple grove in an agricultural zone. Thus, consuming maple products helps protect virgin forest and wildlife.
How much maple syrup comes from Canada?
Canada produces 71% of the world’s pure maple syrup, 93% of which is produced in Quebec. Canada’s maple syrup producing regions are located in the provinces of Quebec (primary producer), Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
There are more than 8,600 maple syrup businesses in Canada. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ) ensures the economic, social and ethical interests for the more than 7,300 maple businesses in Quebec.
Today, pure maple syrup from Canada is exported to approximately 50 countries, including the US, Japan, UK and India.
Where can I buy pure maple syrup from Canada?
Pure maple syrup from Canada is available in gourmet food stores and select supermarkets in India, as well as through online outlets.It is usually found in the baking goods section, or next to jams