Maple Syrup Day
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December is National Maple Syrup Day. First used by native Canadian
Indians, maple syrup has been popularised throughout the western world
by North Americans who have been using it as a sweetener for centuries.
Many thanks from the rest of us!
We're not sure why this date has been chosen to celebrate
this sweet delight, especially considering that the syrup is harvested in the
springtime. However, it could be that due to its long keeping properties, it was
stored and used by the native Indians as an extra energy source during the
winter months, which is good enough reason.
The syrup is 'tapped' from the mighty Maple tree by means
of boring holes into the trunk which, by the way, has no detrimental effect on
the tree. To find out more about maple syrup including its origin and history
plus detailed information about its harvesting, visit our
Maple Syrup Ingredient
Analysis page. Makes for interesting reading.
Nutritionally, maple syrup is a very pure ingredient
with nothing ever being added or taken away in its processing (apart from
water). It contains , calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus,
potassium, sodium and zinc, and good quantities of B complex vitamins,
principally thiamine. Plus it's totally animal free making it suitable for
vegetarians and vegans and is a great substitute for honey in most recipes.
Here are just a few recipes using this superb ingredient.
You can find lots more on the
Maple Syrup Recipes
throughout the site by using the
Happy Cooking !
Grapefruit Veg HT HD 20mins
Maple Glazed Scallops HT HD 25mins
Maple-Roasted Parsnip Soup HT SP 65mins
HT Chinese 30mins plus marination
Maple Ginger Salmon
HT MC 30mins plus marinating
Canadian Maple Roast Ham
HT MC N.America 285mins
and Apple Sauce for Pork HT ACC 25mins
Maple Butternut Squash Veg HT ACC
Maple and Mustard Glazed Parsnips Veg
ACC British 45mins
Maple Ice Cream Veg
CD DP 20mins plus freezing
Vegan Berry Cheesecake Veg CD
DP 35mins plus chilling
Baked Apples in Maple Syrup Veg HT
Baked Maple Custard Veg HT CD