The USDA syrup grading system uses five different maple syrup grades. Three grade A's; Grade A Light Amber, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber and two darker syrups, Grade B and Commercial Grade. These grades have upper and lower limits for color and flavor. As a rule, the darker the color, the stronger the flavor. Contrary to popular belief, maple syrup grades do not indicate which syrup is better, but is simply an indication of color and strength of maple flavor. Individual preference for a particular grade of maple syrup is similar to that of the wine consumer; some people prefer reds, some whites, some blush and so on. These similarities extend to other agricultural food products such as olive oil where extra virgin would be similar to light amber maple syrup; the first out - and then darker as the season progresses.
|Grade A||Light Amber A very delicate flavor|
|Grade A Medium||Amber A stronger yet mild maple flavor|
|Grade A Dark||Amber Robust maple flavor, great for cooking and on oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, glazing salmon, etc.|
|Grade B||The consumer's heartiest maple flavor choice, most often used in cooking. Great for cleansing diets.|
|Commercial||Exceptionally strong in flavor, used as a commercial ingredient.|
Does all this talk of the great taste of real maple syrup give you a hankering for some of your own? To order everything from our Grade A light maple syrup to our most popular Grade B maple syrup, visit Brown Family Farm.
Prefer organic? To order from our line of organic maple syrup, visit our retail site at Coombs Family Farms.