Maple Syrup

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2. Maple Syrup

Tapping a maple tree at the right time of year can yield a good deal of maple syrup, the gooey, sweet and unique treat the northern states are so well-known for. Maple syrup — the real stuff, not the cheap “pancake syrup” — also has a variety of minerals and nutrients, plus it’s low in fructose.

Since maple syrup is a relatively thin liquid, it can’t always stand in for regular sugar in recipes. If you’re baking, you may prefer to use maple sugar, which is the powder made from dehydrated maple syrup.

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