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It's the Sweetest Time of the Year

Each February to April, when the weather goes above zero by day, and below zero at night, maple syrup flows from maple trees all over Southeastern Canada and the Northeastern United States, and signifies the start of spring. Quebec and Ontario are the largest Canadian producers of Maple syrup, while Vermont takes that title in the US.

Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world!

And it's not just tasty on pancakes. Maple syrup has many health benefits too.

Maple syrup contains:

  • Antioxidants - known to neutralize free radical damage in the body

  • Calcium - helps maintain bone density

  • Potassium - helps regulate cells

  • Zinc - known to improve your immune system

  • Iron - helps give energy and enhances concentration

  • Manganese - aids in digestion and boosts your metabolism

Some studies have shown that dark colored maple syrup can lessen the growth of cancer in the body.

Many farms host maple festivals this time of year - you can sample fresh, all-natural maple syrup, along with maple butter, maple candy, maple tea, maple beers, and yummy baked foods made with maple syrup.

Maple farms are a great place to try different grades of maple syrup to find your favourite.

Types of maple syrup include:

  • Grade A or B - Light Amber, Medium Amber and Dark Amber

  • Grade B - the darkest available syrup

No matter how you enjoy this sweet treat, make sure you head out this season and indulge in some fresh maple syrup!


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