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Maple Syrup Day

17th  December 

 

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17th 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  page and throughout the site by using the search form.

Happy Cooking !
 

 

Starters

Grilled Grapefruit    Veg  HT  HD  20mins

Maple Glazed Scallops      HT  HD  25mins plus marinating

Maple-Roasted Parsnip Soup     HT  SP  65mins

 

Main Courses

Sesame Chicken      HT  Chinese  30mins plus marination

Maple Ginger Salmon     HT  MC  30mins plus marinating

Canadian Maple Roast Ham     HT  MC   N.America   285mins

 

Accompaniments

Maple and Apple Sauce for Pork    HT  ACC  25mins

Maple Butternut Squash    Veg  HT  ACC  35mins

Maple and Mustard Glazed Parsnips     Veg  ACC  British  45mins

 

Desserts

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  DP  55mins

Baked Maple Custard     Veg  HT  CD  DP   55mins

 

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