Do you love maple syrup as much as I do? I’m talking about REAL maple syrup. Not the high-fructose impostor. In my opinion that liquid that passes for syrup should be outlawed.
Real syrup from real maple trees. Syrup that is painstakingly collected and simmered down into the most sublime condiment I can imagine. Here at Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast we only use REAL maple syrup on our pancakes, waffles and french toast, and some bread and cookie recipes. You could say we take our syrup seriously. We also buy our syrup from local producers.
Maple syrup was used and collected by the indigenous people of North America. There is a legend of venison being cooked in maple sap instead of water, and then served to a Chief. When the Europeans settled in North America, the locals taught them how to tap, harvest and cook the sap.
Did you know that before the American Civil War abolitionists used maple syrup instead of southern grown cane sugar and molasses (much of it was grown by southern slaves), to boycott the plantation owners.
When in our area, there are many places to buy REAL maple syrup. It can be found at the Grape Country Marketplace and Orton's Fruit Stand. For a special treat, take a scenic drive and go to the Sugar Shack on Route 5 in Westfield, NY (15 minutes from the Inn). While there, you can taste test a plethora of flavored maple syrups, all with vanilla ice cream. Maple syrup is so much more than a breakfast treat. Add a tablespoon or two to baked beans and taste the added depth of flavor. For an awesome slightly sweet and sour salad dressing, try whisking a teaspoon of maple syrup (or more to taste) into three (3) tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, a few dashes of lime juice (to taste), salt and fresh grated pepper. No preservatives and no corn syrup! If you want to learn more about maple syrup, Wikipedia has a great page with tons of facts about my favorite condiment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_syrup