Hope Valley Sugarhouse 
   192 Hope Valley Road
   Hebron, CT 06231
   (860) 228-9317



So Where Does Maple Syrup Come From?

Maple Trees- There are four different kinds of maple trees native to the northeastern United States, all of which can
be tapped and will produce maple syrup. The four trees are Sugar Maple (or Hard Maple),
Silver Maple (or Soft Maple)Red Maple (or Swamp Maple), and Ash Leafed Maple (or Box Elder).

The Sugar Maple is the main producing tree. The sap from the sugar maple contains about 2% sugar, while saps from
others contain half to two thirds as much. Also, the syrup made from other saps are darker and less flavorful.

So What Is Maple Sap?
Maple sap is a thin, barely sweet, and as colorless as spring water.
The distinctive maple taste comes only through LOTS of boiling.

So Where Does Sap Come From?
Maple sap is found in the living tissues of the roots, stems, twigs and trunk of the maple tree.

What Causes The Sap Flow?
Sap flow is related to rising temperatures. Warming temperatures above 32 degrees F increase sap pressure.
Sap runs in fits and starts from the first spring thaw until and we collect until just before the buds pop.
If you continue to draw sap after the buds pop than the syrup takes on a "buddy" taste which is undesirable.
A good maple season consists of cold nights below freezing and warm days.

Different Grades of Syrup
Maple Syrup is graded by color and flavor, allowing consumers to choose the syrup most suited for the food
they are preparing. Below are the grade definitions and guidelines which will help you choose the
maple syrup that is best suited for you


U.S. Grade A Light Amber- Light amber color and delicate maple bouquet. A delightful, mild maple flavor, excellent on  foods where a more subtle flavor is needed.

U.S. Grade A Medium Amber- Medium amber color and a more pronounced bouquet. Characteristic maple
flavor popular for table and all around use.

U.S. Grade A Dark Amber- Dark amber color and a robust maple bouquet.  A hearty maple flavor also very popular for table and all around use.

U.S. Grade B- The strongest and darkest grade maple syrup, primarily  used for cooking.

Grade A Dark Amber and Grade B       Grade A Fancy and Grade A Medium

Grade "A" Dark Amber (Left)          Grade "A" Fancy (Left)
Grade "B" Syrup (Right)              Grade "A" Medium (Right)
 Nutritional Value of Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup is a natural food, processed from the pure sap of maple trees.
During processing, the natural nutrients remain in the syrup.

Sugars- The main sugar in pure maple syrup is sucrose. The darker grades of syrup also
contain a small, variable amounts of fructose and glucose. In order of  sweetness, sucrose is
less sweeter than fructose but  more sweet than glucose.

Minerals and Vitamins- Maple syrup also contains minerals, vitamins and amino acids. The primary minerals
are: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and iron. Vitamins include riboflavin,
pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, niacin, bioten, and folic acid.

     Calories per tablespoon-

Pure Maple Syrup         40 calories
Molasses                      40 calories
Honey                          45 calories
Cane Sugar                  52 calories
Corn Syrup                  60 calories

Cooking With Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup is a perfect for pouring over pancakes, waffles, and ice cream or finishing sticky buns
but it can also add flavor and replace refined sugar in a number of Recipes

100% Pure Maple Syrup can substitute for white, granulated sugar in most recipes.
For each cup (1 cup) of granulated sugar, use 1 1/2 cups of pure maple sugar.

100% Pure Maple Syrup has a higher moisture content than granulated sugar,
so decrease the amount of liquid called for in the recipe, such as milk or water, by 2 to 4 tablespoons.

Decrease the oven temperature by 25 degrees. Maple Syrup tends to caramelize and burn
on the top and edges sooner than a batter which uses granulated sugar.

Where Can I Get Some Pure Maple Syrup?

Maple Syrup For Sale

We Have Syrup Year Round, Call or Email For Availability And Pricing



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