Syrup in a nutshell…
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In Quebec, more than 13,300 maple syrup producers produce 211 million pounds (2022 data) of maple syrup annually. The province accounts for 70% of world production and exports to more than 60 countries. Our maple syrup has even conquered the Land of the Rising Sun.
Although it is a sugar, like table sugar, maple syrup is distinguished by a few nutritional attributes. It contains manganese, riboflavin (vitamin B2), copper, calcium, polyphenols and other components with antioxidant properties. Despite everything, there remains a source of concentrated sugar whose consumption must be limited. Its unique flavor profile and the fact that its consumption supports our local economy remain its main advantages.
A versatile product in the kitchen
From morning to evening, through snacks and aperitifs, maple syrup can be a faithful companion to enhance your recipes.
Although maple syrup is a classic pairing with pancakes and French toast, you can also use it in a little healthier recipes. How about a overnight oat) with nut and maple flavors? For a balanced breakfast on the go, add maple syrup to your usual fortified plant-based drink mix, yogurt, oats and chia seeds. Shake vigorously and let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, garnish with walnuts and a few slices of banana and enjoy! Maple syrup will also enhance plain yogurt or a morning smoothie.
As a snack
We will benefit from replacing the sugar in our balls energy, muffins and homemade oatmeal pancakes with maple syrup.
A well-dressed meal salad will be even more appreciated with a good vinaigrette! Just add a touch of maple syrup to its vinegar and oil duo. Whether you opt for an Asian or Dijon vinaigrette, the maple adds a touch of sweetness that will make all the difference. Also discover the apple-maple vinegar from Surette Condiments, a unique product that continues to win accolades. (surettecondiments.com/condiment/balsamic-apple-maple)
Are you more of a sandwich type? Whip goat cheese with a little maple syrup and spread a whole wheat tortilla. Add the roasted vegetables of your choice, a few leaves of arugula and pumpkin seeds. Grill lightly and enjoy a healthy, sweet and savory sandwich!
Maple is a perfect addition to your favorite marinades. It goes particularly well with poultry, especially in a recipe for orange chicken or turkey with mustard and maple sauce. It is also appreciated in Asian marinades (with tamari sauce and ginger) which will enhance fish or pork. Once grilled, your meat and fish will have a nice caramelization thanks to the syrup. Root vegetables flavored with camelina oil and maple syrup cooked on a plate will also please the whole family.
Maple lends itself to both decadent and lighter desserts. Consider sautéing your apples with a touch of maple syrup to garnish a mini buckwheat pancake. Do you like pears? Poach them in maple syrup and when ready to serve, add a light whipped topping made from aquafaba (water in canned chickpeas). Do you prefer creamy textures? A chia seed pudding will satisfy you! It is easy to prepare in advance and keeps well. Mix chia seeds with milk or the vegetable drink of your choice, add cocoa powder and maple syrup. Refrigerate between 4 and 6 hours and grate a little dark chocolate on top
A sports outing?
With the quick energy it provides, maple syrup is also appreciated by athletes. It can be part of a homemade rehydration recipe for long-lasting efforts.
◆ Mix 65ml orange juice + 65ml maple syrup + 30ml lemon juice lime + 1 ml salt and 850 ml water. To be served cold.