Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a popular sugary treat for many people around the world.  Although most people think of maple syrup as something to pour on pancakes, there are many interesting facts about his delicious topping!  Here are five interesting things you might not know about maple syrup:

  1. Maple trees can usually be tapped for sap when they are 30 or 40 years old. Maple trees can usually be tapped for sap until they are more than 100 years old. The sap is used to make the syrup.

  1. Canada produces about 26 million liters of maple syrup each year. It is the number one maple syrup producer in the world. Almost all of this syrup comes from the province of Quebec.

  1. Maple syrup is graded by color. The highest grade syrup is a golden color while the lower quality syrup is darker. The darker syrups are used mostly for cooking.  They are not for eating.

  1. 100 grams of maple syrup contains about 261 calories. Almost 90 per cent of the calories come from sugar!

  1. The biggest maple syrup festival in the world is held every year in the town of Elmira, Ontario, Canada. In 2015, about 68,000 people attended the festival.

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