Honey is a natural sweetener that is produced from flower nectar by honey bees. It contains about the same sweetness as granulated sugar and performs well in both raw and baked dishes. Maple Syrup is also a natural sweetener, made from maple tree sap. Just as flavorful as honey, it pairs well with both meats and vegetables.
In your Fresh 20 menus, you’ll find honey and maple syrup used in dressings, marinades, and sauces. Although honey and maple syrup are both sweeteners, they’re used in your Fresh 20 menus in small amounts. Paired with other flavors which are sour, tart, spicy, or acidic–honey and maple syrup will balance the flavor profile of the dish, rather than create an overall sweetening effect.
When buying honey and maple syrup, check the labels and make sure to buy ‘Grade A Honey’ and ‘100% Maple Syrup.’ Both of these products contain no artificial ingredients, and are naturally gluten-free.