Looking for a natural, healthier sweetener that tastes great? Maple syrup ticks off all those boxes. Maple syrup is a favorite drizzled on pancakes and waffles or used as a sugar substitute in baked goods. And while Vermont is known for its maple syrup, it certainly isn't the only place turning out high-quality, great-tasting syrup. You can find a brand you'll love in our Native American store, Tocabe Indigenous Marketplace.
What Makes a Good Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is graded on two things-color and flavor. The flavor corresponds to the color—the darker the color, the deeper the maple flavor. A rich amber color generally provides a more pronounced, robust maple flavor. That type of syrup is for people who enjoy the taste of maple. You will definitely get what you expect when choosing a bottle with the deeper hues. The darker syrups are created from sap that is extracted later in the season, while the lighter syrups are from sap tapped early in the season.
Pure maple syrup contains nothing artificial. You'll never find any additives, colorings, or preservatives in the pure maple syrups sold in our Native American shop. To be sure you are truly getting pure maple syrup, be sure to read your labels if you are not buying one of our trusted brands.
Maple syrup is considered a healthier option than sugar-based or corn syrup-based syrups. Pure maple syrup has a lower glycemic index than sugar. The main sugar in maple syrup is sucrose, but you can find small amounts of fructose and glucose in the darker grades of syrup.
It also provides 24 antioxidants and contains significant amounts of manganese, zinc, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
Why Our Syrups Are So Good
Currently, we offer two rich and delicious maple syrups, Ziibimijwang Maple Syrup and Spirit Lake Maple Syrup. Both are 100% pure maple syrup that will keep you coming back for more.
Spirit Lake Maple Syrup is made by the Savage family in Minnesota. Bruce is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Tawny is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Northern Nevada. Together they farm wild rice and maple syrup.
Ziibimijwang Maple Syrup is made in northern Michigan on the Ziibimijwang Farm. They are committed to restoring and strengthening mnobimaadziwin of the Odawa community. Their community is known as ‘The Place Where Food Grows Near the River’, which reminds them that as Anishinaabek people, they are inseparable from the land.
You can support these partners by buying their heavenly syrups in our store.
How Shopping Indigenous Foods Helps
Sure, you can get your maple syrup from Vermont. Or in a cute maple leaf jar shipped from Canada. But you can also buy a heavenly bottle of premium pure maple syrup from our Native American online store and have it shipped directly to your doorstep via our Tocabe Express.
When you choose to buy our Native American foods, you aren't just getting delicious harder-to-acquire traditional foods, you are supporting entire communities. And as always, when you buy two items, we will donate one to a Native and Indigenous community-based organization of our choice. These donations provide accessibility to nutritious traditional Indigenous foods.
Pick up a couple of bottles of pure maple syrup today!
About theTocabe Marketplace
Our philosophy is Native first, local second. We source the right products from the right people. To us, ingredients don’t just make the food, they tell the story behind it.
Accessibility to high-quality, healthy Native and Indigenous ingredients is extremely limited based on location. Tocabe’s Indigenous Marketplace is simplifying the supply chain and making regional cuisine locally accessible by connecting you to Native and Indigenous ingredients with just the click of a button.
By shopping at our Indigenous Marketplace, you’re participating in food sovereignty and supporting Indigenous farmers, ranchers, and caretakers across the nation, making an impact in our communities. So, shop our marketplace today. And in the meantime, learn how to create Tocabe’s pancake recipe with Native-produced, wholesome ingredients that also make a difference.