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What is Maple

We believe what’s special about maple is what it isn’t… Pure maple syrup isn’t a complex manufactured food.

Pure maple syrup comes from trees, not cornfields. The mighty maple – a tree indigenous to North America that boasts dramatic fall colors 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.

Pure Maple vs Pancake Syrup

You’ll find one ingredient listed on a bottle of pure maple syrup: pure maple syrup! No additives. No artificial flavoring. It’s simply real maple syrup and it’s purely delicious!

Imposter Syrups

Imitation may be a form of flattery, but pancake syrup doesn’t come close to the clean, sweet taste of pure maple syrup. Stuff on shelves called pancake syrup is generally a mix of high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar and additives. It’s not pure and barely nutritional.

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!

Check out our blog post, 11 Facts About Pure Maple Syrup You Should Know, to learn more!

What is Organic Maple Syrup

We have always considered our products superior examples of sustainably produced food. Through careful stewardship of the land, 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. This is done in three ways:

Logging Practices

To ensure the sustainability of forests, producers of maple syrup are required to log in a way that minimizes impact. Producers are not able to harvest whole trees when removing logs, and surrounding logging roads must not cause unnecessary compaction or erosion.

Tree Selection

Before tapping, it’s essential to consider the tree. To meet organic standards producers must wait until trees are at least 9” in diameter. This ensures the growth of sizeable trees for a future maple crop. Managing bio-diversity is also vital to maintaining organic guidelines. This keeps the forests from becoming a maple mono-crop.

Tapping

Organic producers are limited to a number of taps per tree. Each year’s tap holes must be far enough apart from the previous year’s tap hole to allow proper healing. Fungicidal treatments are prohibited as they prevent tap hole healing and encourage bacteria, inviting disease to the trees.

Our crew and Quality Assurance team have taken the strict steps to acquire our organic certification. This process requires a compliance with organic standards from the sugarbush to the production facility which must be inspected annually. In addition to our forest management plan fulfilling organic standards, the defoamers we use in the processing of our organic maple syrup are certified organic vegetable oils.

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. Our processing plant carefully traces syrup to ensure appropriate segregation between organic and conventional product. Pure maple syrup is naturally Non-GMO and Gluten Free. If you have any questions about our organic certification, please contact us.

A Wholesome Sweetener

a smarter choice

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. All these nutrients earn maple the title of the “smarter sweetener” over other common options.

Is Maple Syrup Healthy?

Maple syrup is a sweet ingredient that has nutritional value, containing vitamins and minerals such as calcium and potassium.

Nutritional information:

Serving Size: 2 tbsp (30mL)

Amount Per Serving: Calories 110, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Sodium 5mg (0% DV), Total Carb. 27g (10% DV), Total Sugars 24g (48% DV†), Protein 0g, Calcium (2% DV), Potassium (2% DV).

Not a significant source of saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin D and iron.
†One serving adds 24g of sugar to your diet and represents 48% of the Daily Value for Added Sugars.

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