Hometown: The northeastern part of the United States and Canada is where you’ll find the maple trees that are responsible for making the sap that’s used to produce all the world’s maple syrup.
Birthday: I was discovered centuries ago by North American Indians, who are believed to have figured out how to collect sap.
Favorite Activities: Being used as a topping for pancakes, waffles, French toast and oatmeal, of course. I also like to be used as a glaze with roasted winter squash or mashed into sweet potatoes. You can even add me to smoothies or tea as a sweetener.
Favorite Facts: I contain heart-healthy potassium, high levels of manganese, which is important for bone health and wound healing, and a fair amount of zinc, which is good for the immune and neurological systems. There are 50 calories and 12 grams of sugar per tablespoon.
Bio: Most maple syrup is made from the sugar maple tree because its sap has a high sugar content. A tree’s trunk must be at least 12 inches in diameter to produce sap, and it takes 30 to 40 years to get to this size. And be sure to check the label of any syrup product-if it says ‘maple-flavored syrup’ or ‘pancake syrup’ instead of simply ‘maple syrup,’ then it’s made with other sweeteners, such as high fructose corn syrup.
Favorite quotation: “I happen to know everything there is to know about maple syrup! I love maple syrup. I love maple syrup on pancakes. I love it on pizza. And I take maple syrup and put a little bit in my hair when I’ve had a rough week. What do you think holds it up, slick?” -Vince Vaughn as Jeremy Grey in the 2005 movie Wedding Crashers