What Can You Do With Maple Syrup (Besides Pancakes)?
January 24, 2022
What can you do with maple syrup (other than pancakes)? See our 10 sweet and savory recipes using real maple syrup, including maple teriyaki chicken, maple mashed sweet potatoes, and maple-glazed vegetables.
Story of Maple Syrup
According to one legend, a chief stuck his tomahawk into a maple tree one spring night. In the morning, he pulled it out and went off hunting. His wife had placed a container under the tree, and the clear, watery sap dripped into it. Later, she needed water to cook some meat. She thought the liquid in the bucket was water, so she used it. As it cooked, the water evaporated until syrup was left. The sweet meat was the best they had ever tasted, and soon the entire tribe was cooking with maple sap.
Maple Syrup Trivia
Maple sugar was the most common sweetener in the northern United States and Canada until the late 1800s, when white sugar took its place. (Maple syrup is still a healthy option for a sweetener than refined sugar!)
The northern United States and southeastern Canada are the only places in the world where sugar maples grow naturally and weather conditions are right to harvest sap.