Real or Pure Maple Syrup is a natural product produced by harvesting sap produced in certain varieties of maple trees (the Acer genus) after long periods of freezing weather. When temperatures are above freezing during the day and below freezing at night, a process develops that causes sap or water with maple sugar crystals to be drawn throughout the tree. Maple syrup producers take advantage of this process and insert a small hole into the outer portion of the tree to harvest a small amount of this sap. The sap from hundreds and thousands of trees is collected and excess water is removed to produce syrup.
Real maple syrup is produced in eastern North America in the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada. We have several pages dedicated to how Real Maple Syrup is made and several options for purchasing real maple products directly from our farm.
Here's how real maple syrup compares with other sweeteners: