Maple Syrup Flavour

Scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are working to shine a spotlight on the wealth of flavoursFootnote1 found in maple products. The Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre in Saint-Hyacinthe conducted this extensive study in cooperation with Centre ACER (in French only). The study was designed to help the maple syrup industry focus on developing (high quality or local) niche products thereby ensuring its long-term success.

The basic research work seeks to understand how maple syrup acquires its flavour. The first step was to develop the Maple Flavour Wheel, a precise vocabulary that describes and documents the flavours specific to maple products. The research will enable scientists to expand their knowledge of maple syrup's composition and identify the components behind its flavour and characteristic aromas.

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