REAL Maple Syrup

Posted on September 10, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Philosophy | Tags: , , , , |

Food - Maple Syrup

Did you know big food producers have now reinvented maple syrup?!  Yep, instead of a time-honored process of collecting sap and boiling it down to concentrate the sugars and flavors we can now consume maple syrup that has been literally force-sucked from a tree and reverse-osmosis-filtered down to where the cooking is very minimal.  We are told that you cannot tell the difference in taste.  Hmmm….really, who paid for that study?  Also, I noticed no one is looking at the difference in potential health effects between the two products.  We don’t really want to know, do we?  I know, it’s obnoxious to ask these questions.  The commercial stuff is a lot better than the imitation stuff that is basically colored and flavored high fructose corn syrup (basically poison.)  But I want the best.  I want the best for my body, for my money, for the environment.  And I can get it, so why not ask the hard questions?

Just look at that bottle above, newly acquired from my favorite source, a local slow-food believer who does it the old-fashioned way.  That dark color – oh my – full of nutrients the body appreciates and the palate recognizes as good.  The kicker?  This stuff is about 1/2 the price of the commercially-produced version in the discount store, it’s even cheaper than the tiny bottles in the big groceries.  And for my environmentalist friends, it didn’t travel from Canada or even the east coast of the U.S.  It pays on several levels to seek out the good stuff.  These people are around.  How to find them?  Get to a local farmer’s market regularly and get to know the growers.  They know everything about where to get the best products.  Once you become a valued customer you can even contact them in winter and restock as needed, but I buy at least a year’s supply.  I don’t ever want to run out!

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