Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Good News About Maple Syrup

The state of Vermont produced 1.9 million gallons of maple syrup this season! New York, Maine, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire rounded out the top five producing states. The country produced 4.2 million gallons. This is good news for maple syrup lovers, assuring that we have an adequate supply. Each state has their own laws regulating syrup sales. Vermont and New Hampshire require a higher density of sugar than other states. Syrup produced entirely in Vermont will have the word "Vermont" as part of the grade designation. The USDA regulates the color standards of maple syrup, but each state has the ability to name the color. Grade A Light Amber in NH is called Vermont Fancy in VT.
Canada uses different color standards, as well. They tend to have darker syrups in each grade, as compared to the USA counterparts.
Some facts about Maple Syrup:
Maple syrup retails for $50 a gallon.
80% of the world's maple syrup is produced in Canada
Maple syrup is full of sugar, but also has minerals: calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and manganese
Each tree produces 10 - 14 gallons of sap per season. (Approximately 40 gallons of sap are needed to make 1 gallon of syrup.)

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