Though you see maple syrup in stores and at farmers' markets all year round, spring is the time that maple syrup is in season. Right now, sap is dripping out of trees in the Northeast. Maple syrup is the product of starch in the trees that becomes converted to sap in the spring. After tapping the trees, the sap is heated to evaporate the water. What you have left is the condiment many know and love as their favorite pancake topping. Maple syrup is great on much more than pancakes, however. A versatile ingredient in smoothies, baked goods, salad dressings and more, maple syrup is a natural sweetener that even works well in cocktails. Mix up a Retox cocktail or use simply as an ice cream topping.
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