Buyer's guide

It is expensive because of the low yield from the sap (40 gallons of sap are needed for one gallon of syrup!) but the cheaper imitations labelled ‘maple-flavoured syrup’ made from a mixture of maple syrup and cane syrup just don’t compare to the real thing. True maple syrup from Canada and the north-eastern states of the US a carry a maple leaf mark to guarantee their authenticity.