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Does Maple Syrup From Red Maple Taste Different?

Does Maple Syrup From Red Maple Taste Different? 0

Red Maple Versus Sugar Maple for Maple Syrup

Does the syrup made from different maple trees taste different?

 

Spoiler alert. It doesn't. Simply put, it's the same thing.

 

I have been around maple syrup and maple syrup production for almost 40 years and I can't tell a difference.

 

Owning a maple syrup processing company and being a maple syrup grader I have personally tasted tens of thousands of samples of maple syrup and I can't taste or see a difference between maple syrup made from a red maple versus maple syrup made from a sugar maple.

 

What is a red Maple Tree?

Maple syrup is made from the maple tree. But not all maple trees are the same. There are many different species of maple tree. Bigleaf maple, hedge maple, Japanese maple, Amur maple, Paperback maple and of course the sugar maple and red maple.

 

Just like everything else in the world we can't seem to all decide on what to call different maple trees either. But hey, that's what makes the world a super interesting place right?

 

The two maple trees we are looking at here are red maples and sugar maples. I have heard sugar maples as referred to as hard maples and rock maples.

 

The red maple and sugar maple are the two trees that maple syrup is made from. This is primarily due to their geographic location in the North Eastern part fo North America.

 

Geography of Red Maple Trees versus Sugar Maple Trees

We're located in Nova Scotia on Canada's East Coast. As a result, we don't have a lot of highlands but we have a lot of maple groves at sea level or very near sea level.

 

Sugar maple trees tend to grow at higher elevations (greater than 300m) while red maple trees tend to grow at lower elevations.

 

So Nova Scotia by its geographic disposition has a lot of red maple trees.

But there are a couple of differences between the sap from these two species of maple tree.

Sap Levels in Red Maple Trees versus Sugar Maple Trees

Sap from the sugar maple will usually contain more sugar than sap from a red maple tree so sugar maple trees are more coveted from an economic standpoint for producing maple syrup.

 

The more sugar that is naturally occurring in the sap the less boiling you have to do potentially saving a lot of energy, time and money. This is especially true for large commercial operations.

 

 

  • William Allaway
Maple Syrup: What Makes the grade

Maple Syrup: What Makes the grade 0

Whats are maple syrup grades and what determines the grade of your maple syrup? In this article, we'll look into the two grades of maple syrup and find out what they are all about.

 

Just to clear things up- maple syrup comes in two grades:

  1. Grade A
  2. Processing grade

What people usually mean when they refer to the grade of maple syrup is the colour of the maple syrup.

 

Within Grade A there are four colour classes of maple syrup. The colour has less of a bearing on the grade as it once did so Grade A syrup covers all the colours that maple syrup comes in.

 

In this article, we'll dig into what makes a maple syrup Grade A and what makes it Processing Grade.

 

For more on the colour classifications fo maple syrup check out our page on Maple syrup grades here.

 

So let's get into it and see what's up with maple syrup grades.

 

Grade A Maple Syrup

 According to Health Canada's maple product regulations (MPR), maple syrup that is marked Grade A must adhere to the following:

  • Free from fermentation;

  • Is uniform in colour and free from sediment and free from any cloudiness or turbidity;

  • Has a colour class of

    • Golden, Delicate Taste,

    • Amber, Rich Taste,

    • Dark, Robust Taste, or

    • Very Dark, Strong Taste; and

  • Has a maple flavour characteristic of its colour class and is free from any objectionable odour or taste.

 

Let's break each one of these down a bit and look into each a bit deeper.

 

Has to be free from fermentation

Maple syrup, as you probably know contains sugar. In fact, if produced correctly it contains 66.0% to 68.5% sugar.

 

As a result, if yeast gets into it then it will start to ferment. Fermentation in maple syrup, unlike craft beer, is not something you want.

 

Fermentation is probably the most common off flavour we find in maple syrup that comes into our facility. Maple syrup that has been fermented, even a little will have a sour taste that is very hard to mask.

 

Fermentation in maple syrup usually comes from improper bulk packaging. Bulk maple syrup drums that were not properly cleaned or were not cleaned at all are a common culprit for fermented maple syrup.

 

Bulk packaging like drums that were not properly filled is also another usual suspect for fermented maple syrup. 

 

 

 

 

 

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