Maple syrup is a sweetener made from the sap of some maple
trees. In cold climate areas, these trees store sugar in their roots before the
winter and the sap which rises in the spring can be tapped and concentrated.
Quebec, Canada, produces most of the world's supply of maple syrup. The United
States is the only other major producer and the leading consumer.
Maple syrup is most often eaten with waffles, pancakes, oatmeal,
crumpets and French toast. It is sometimes used as an ingredient in
baking, the making of candy, preparing desserts, or as a sugar source
and flavoring agent in making beer. Sucrose is the most prevalent sugar
in maple syrup.