What Is Maple?

Pure maple syrup comes from trees, not cornfields. The mighty maple - a tree indigenous to North America that boasts dramatic fall color and sports that iconic leaf – is the source of this sweet elixir. Each spring “maple sugar makers” head out to the native woods of eastern North America to collect the maple tree’s sap. Through a careful process of collection, concentration and boiling the sap is transformed into the richly flavored amber colored syrup of which we are all so fond – pure maple syrup.

There is a human and poetic quality in maples, which is easily felt, and though the land would be worth more for its lumber than for its sugar, many farmers would no more part with their maple bush or orchard than with any precious heirloom.” 

- Anonymous, “The Green Mountains in Sugar Time,” Harpers, April, 1881

 

Organic

We have always considered our products superior examples of sustainably produced food. Through careful stewardship we can harvest sap from the same trees for centuries without diminishing the resource. Certified organic maple syrup offers further assurance of the stewardship practices that we undertake. To be certain we can satisfy everyone’s needs, our packaging facility, as well as our farm and a number of others with whom we work, are certified organic. Pure maple syrup is naturally Non GMO and Gluten Free.


Imposter Syrups

Not all syrups are pure maple syrup, even though marketers would like you to believe differently. Stuff on shelves called pancake syrup is generally a mix of high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar and additives. Not pure by any stretch, and barely nutritional. Imitation may be a form of flattery, but pancake syrup doesn’t come close to the clean, sweet taste of pure maple syrup.

So, how did these imposter syrups get started? 

Prior to the 1880’s, cane sugar was a luxury and maple sugar was a staple in New England homes. When maple became more valuable the first syrup blends were produced with other sweeteners, initially cane sugar and now corn syrup. The first company to make such a product was Towles’ Log Cabin, but there have been many since. All were attempting to imitate pure maple syrup with a cheaper product and none have succeeded!


Nutritional Information

Butternut Mountain Farm 100% pure maple syrup is a wholesome sweetener rich in minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and selenium. The caloric value of maple syrup is 52 per tablespoon, compared to 60 in sugar and 64 in honey.