Hello, fellow maple syrup-lovers, and welcome back to our blog! Today we‘d like to tell you about some interesting facts about maple syrup that may surprise you. We all know how delicious maple syrup is, especially when slathered on buttery pancakes, french toast, and other sweet breakfast treats. Yet, there are some really fun facts about the production and uses of maple syrup that may help you appreciate the delectable treat even more.
Huge Economic Contribution
It might come as a surprise that the maple syrup industry is booming here in the U.S. and in Canada. According to The Maple Times, 2017 has been a record year for total maple syrup production in the U.S., with more than 4.2 million gallons produced this spring. Maple syrup production here in New Hampshire contributed to this value with 154,000 gallons produced! That‘s a lot of maple syrup!
Surprising Health Benefits & Nutritional Value
When you think of antioxidant-rich foods, healthy fruits and veggies are probably the first foods that come to mind. However, according to research conducted at the University of Rhode Island, maple syrup contains more than 54 antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that play an important role in human health. Another study shows that maple syrup contains more antioxidants than that of raw tomatoes and cabbage. Additionally, each spoonful of maple syrup possesses healthy amounts of zinc, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, and even calcium which contribute to a healthy heart and immune system. Pretty cool, right? Another surprising health benefit of maple syrup is that the sweet syrup contributes to maintaining male reproductive health.
Maple Syrup Grades
In 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued revised standards on the classification of maple syrup based on taste and color. These revised standards suggest that Grade A maple syrups include the lighter, golden syrup which has a very delicate flavor, and amber-colored syrup that is rich in flavor. Most Grade B syrups include the darker syrups made during the end of the sugaring season, such as those syrups which are dark in color with a more robust taste, and those extremely dark syrups with very strong, intense flavor. Really, it comes down to taste preference when choosing which grade you prefer.
These are just a few of the fun facts about maple syrup. If you‘re looking for the finest maple syrup around, we‘re confident that once you try Ben‘s Pure Maple Syrup products which offer award-winning flavors and smooth textures, you‘ll want to keep your pantry stocked constantly with our luscious maple syrups. View our maple syrup collection and order yours today!