Falling for Maple Syrup

by Travis Loncar on October 4, 2011

While the autumnal equinox passed by just two Fridays ago, the spirit of fall has a way of wrapping one up in its beautiful trappings – particularly when one lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  As the leaves begin to change in pigment, and the last waves of an Indian summer fade into twilight frosts, we’re captivated by the dynamic of nature, the blessings of life, and the grit of a winning football team. Oh, yes – there’s always the food, as well.  From homemade pumpkin pie (smothered in whipped cream, of course) to smoked turkey and cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner, the fall season perhaps excites our sense of taste unlike any other.

Oddly enough, though, when I think of fall, the first thing that comes to mind is — maple syrup?  Now, admittedly, this notion is pretty far off from normal, but let me make my case.  While spring is probably the season most commonly associated with maple syrup (due to an annual outbreak of pancake festivals across the country celebrating the commencement of maple tree tapping), it is actually in fall that I (and probably you) spend the most time staring with bewilderment into the trees.  Obviously, not every tree is a maple, but collectively, the trees in the forest are representative of a natural resource from which so much is derived – including the sugary, golden substance we call maple syrup.  Not to mention, fall is the season of thanks.  And let me tell you, I’m more than thankful for my Pure Vermont maple syrup.  I could eat that stuff on anything – I mean anything.

maple syrup in fall

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It’s also great for you.  Maple syrup, despite its sweetness, is actually a great source of minerals that have been proven beneficial to the human heart and immune system.  Interestingly enough, I’ve been told multiple times that I’m allergic to maple (based on whatever tests doctors conduct to determine the causal aspects of an allergic reaction).  Thankfully, this allergy doesn’t necessarily imply that a person will have a reaction after consuming maple syrup (which I never have).  Just throwing that out there.

Although its most popular use is as a topping for flapjacks and waffles (which, I’ll admit, is an absolute necessity), maple syrup can be utilized in a wide variety of foods.  Check out this post for some great recipes that implement this Canadian commodity in an unconventional manner.  If you have some time, cook ‘em up, and let everyone know how they taste!  We could all use a little more maple syrup in our diets this fall!  Be sure to take a look at our selection of preserves, sauces, and syrups before you get started!

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