On the SF board, the question came up about what was organic Canadian Style Maple Syrup being sold by a local store. One poster linked to the amazing article below that tells you everything you ever want to know about maple syrup.
It turns out there is NY, Vermont and Canadian maple syrup. The article says they are pretty much the same with the Vermont maple syrup having a higher sugar content than the New York variety making it a little more viscous (which in terms of maple syrup is a good thing).
Do you have a favorite maple syrup? Do you have an on line link?
The ONLY thing the article didnt mention is why the store where I saw the organic syrup kept it in the refrigerator section. Thats why it caught my attention. I think of maple syrup that something you leave in the cupboard. Believe me, this store is no help in terms of answering questions. Anybody know why?
I grew up in Connecticut and went to college in Boston and I never know about the history and impact on America of maple syrup.
I never knew that during the Civil War, many people in the North stopped using sugar and substituted maple syrup as a protest against sugar produced by black slave labor in the South.
It seems the Native American gods were quite the nutritional police. The story is that the gods didnt want it too easy to acquire sweetners, so that is why people had to work hard to get maple syrup. The Sinzibuckwud tribe would have had difficulty maintaining proper sugar levels in their diet without maple syrup. I should only have that problem.
Then there are some pretty amazing recipes using maple syrup from some of New Englands top restaurants. Each recipe includes a wine pairing, for example
Maple Financier with Maple-Glazed Bananas - wine suggestion Bonny Doon Vin de Glacier
Does that sound good or what?
The other recipes include:
Potato Gnocchi and Maple Glazed Endive
Apple Crumble With Maple Ice Cream
Maple Nougat Ice Cream with Pistachio Nougatine (garnished with gold leaf)
Maple Pudding and White Chocolate Mousse Tart
Citrus-Scented Maple Syrup Cod with Apple Cider Reduction (recipe includes pork bellies and micro celery greens)
Of course they also have the more simple and well know recipes like maple sugar, maple candy and sugar on snow. There are suggestions for using maple syrup on savory dishes like adding a teaspoon to cream soup.
Anyway great six page article below.
Now what was my question? Oh yeah, what is your favorite maple syrup?