From the forest
Maple products from Québec come from a single ingredient: the sap of maple trees.
The flow of sap is a natural phenomenon, unique to North America. It occurs each spring when daytime
and nighttime temperatures alternate above and below freezing. Québec maple producers collect the sap,
and take it to the sugar shack for evaporation and processing into maple products.
It’s a complex process that demands knowledge and precision.
The new government regulations for the classification of maple syrup are now in effect.
This new grading regime separates maple syrup into two categories and four colour classes.
As of December 13, 2016, maple products for export are labelled in accordance with the
new classification system. Containers of maple syrup for sale in Québec, however, may display
grading by the old or new regulations. Maple producers who sell only in Québec
have until December 2017 to change the labelling of their products
to reflect the new classification system.
Grade A maple syrup is obtained only by concentrating maple sap, does not ferment,
is clear and uniform in colour, is free of objectionable odor or taste,
and has a maple flavour characteristic of its colour class.
Processing Grade maple syrup is obtained only by concentrating maple sap,
ut it does not qualify for Grade A.
Maple Products - Special Certifications
There are a number of different certifications for Maple Products from Québec, each attesting to
a particular mode of production and all affirming their superior quality.
Health Benefits of Maple
Maple and your Health
Part of a Healthy Diet More and more, people are reaching for foods that are good for them, a trend which
is only bound to get stronger. In addition to being 100% natural with no artificial colouring or flavours,
Maple Products from Québec contain vitamins and minerals. They also possess antioxidants, often
at a level comparable to many fruits and vegetables. No wonder the natural properties and components
of maple products are the subject of research projects in Québec and abroad.
The Federation of Québec Maple Syrup Producers does not encourage increased consumption of sugar.
Used in moderation, pure maple products are an attractive option when compared to other natural sweeteners.
A True Champion: Maple and Sports Nutrition
Maple is not only for the pleasures of the table. Maple Products from Québec are the winner’s
choice before, during and after training. Professional and amateur athletes are pushing their limits
to new levels with this superior-quality, all-natural source of energy.
The secret ingredient
Maple: From our Forest to your Table
While Maple Products from Québec are becoming more and more known for their health benefits,
chefs and food-lovers are falling for their unique flavour. Their sweet and incomparable taste and
scent improves whatever dish it graces. Did you know that Maple Products from Québec even
stimulate umami, the “fifth taste” whose discovery has revolutionized the culinary world?