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Celebrating 'National Maple Syrup Day' With Spicy & Savory Syrups

Bottles of maple syrup in leaf-shaped bottles
Toby Talbot
Associated Press File
It's National Maple Syrup Day! Some maple syrup producers are trying to extend it beyond the breakfast food category.

Today is National Maple Syrup Day. When most of us think about maple syrup, we might think of pancakes or perhaps put it in our coffee. But some maple syrup producers are trying to push it beyond the breakfast food category. 

Laura Sorkin, co-founder of Runamok Maple, came by VPR’s studios with her infused, smoked and bottle-aged maple syrups. The company specializes in experimental flavors, such as ginger root, lime-leaf, and a Chilean spice named merquén.

So beyond just putting it on top of a stack of waffles, how might you incorporate maple syrup into mealtimes?  

Credit Bayla Metzger / VPR
Laura Sorkin, co-founder of Runamok Maple, says she believes maple syrup can make the leap into being an everyday sweetener, like honey.

Sorkin recommends adding the syrups to savory dishes, from stir-fries to glazed root vegetables to roasted meats.

"We're trying to get people to think outside of the box with maple," she said.  

And Sorkin also says she believes maple syrup can make the leap into being an everyday sweetener, like honey.

Listen above to Sorkin's conversation with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb.

TELL US: What are your favorite ways to use maple syrup? How are you celebrating National Maple Syrup Day? Comment below or tweet us @vprnet.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Bayla joined VPR in 2018 as the producer for Morning Edition. She left in 2019.
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