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Maple Syrup History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the first European settlers arrived in New England, maple syrup was already being made by the Indians. As the history is recorded, an Indian hunter returned to his dwelling and found his mate boiling meat in a liquid that was very sweet. He learned that the liquid was collected from a broken maple limb. 

The Indians would cut a slash in maple trees and collect the sap as it dripped out. They would pour the sap into hollowed out logs and then drop in white-hot field stones. The hot stones would cause the sap to boil and remove the water. The Indians would continue this process until all the water was boiled away and leave a crystallized sugar. This form of maple sugar would not spoil. 

Early European settlers added their own technology to making maple syrup. They bored holes in maple trees and inserted wooden or metal spouts and used wooden buckets to collect the sap. They used shoulder yokes to carry the sap to metal boiling kettles. The settlers, like the Indians, also crystallized the maple syrup into sugar.    

What does "Pure Maple” mean?

Pure Maple means only the sap from the maple tree was used to make the syrup. There are no additives and no preservatives. This is true of our maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream and maple sugar.

 

The Grades:

There are 4 table grades of syrup and all have the same density. Whichever grade you choose, you can be sure that all syrup meets our highest standards.

  • Grade A - Light Amber is very light in color and has a smooth and delicate flavor.
  • Grade A - Medium Amber is slightly darker in color and has a bit more pronounced maple flavor - both rich and smooth.
  • Grade A - Dark Amber is even darker in color, with a very pronounced maple flavor.
  • Grade B is the darkest and strongest flavored maple syrup. It is ideal for cooking, although some prefer it as a table syrup.

The label on each container of maple syrup must indicate where it was made, what grade it is and who made the syrup.

Fun Facts:

  • It takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of maple syrup? The sap is boiled down over many hours in our evaporator until it finally becomes the maple syrup you enjoy.
  • A maple tree must be at least 40 years old before it can be tapped for its sap?
  • Pure Maple Syrup is fat free.
  • There are only 40 calories to 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.