Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Food and drink  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old 16.06.2019, 10:45
Tom1234's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Kanton Luzern
Posts: 17,067
Groaned at 651 Times in 504 Posts
Thanked 25,876 Times in 10,429 Posts
Tom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Lidl do a bio-one. I don't think it tasted bitter but I'm not an expert (and I used it with a spare ribs marinade so probably not the best test

Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 16.06.2019, 11:21
Blueangel's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: KŁsnacht, Switzerland
Posts: 4,275
Groaned at 131 Times in 115 Posts
Thanked 11,520 Times in 5,021 Posts
Blueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Quote:
View Post
Reactivating this whole thread.. we just arrived in Switzerland last week from the US and were excited to find Coop store-brand Canadian maple syrup for a reasonable price, but the stuff we got has a strange bitter after-taste.
My top tips for any foods that you might crave from home are, head to the basement food hall of you local Coop City in the centre of Basel. I always find that they have a wider variety of foodstuffs from other countries. Second, head to the English books section of the largest branch of Orell Fussli book shop. The one in Zurich has loads of things from the UK and the US, such as brown sugar, Aunt Jemima's and Reese's Spreads.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 16.06.2019, 11:39
robBob's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,255
Groaned at 66 Times in 51 Posts
Thanked 3,227 Times in 1,718 Posts
robBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Quote:
View Post
Lidl do a bio-one. I don't think it tasted bitter but I'm not an expert (and I used it with a spare ribs marinade so probably not the best test

All maple syrup is BIO. It all comes from a tree in the woods.

https://youtu.be/PtjI9dEKZjs

https://youtu.be/27YofsHxW58
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank robBob for this useful post:
This user groans at robBob for this post:
  #24  
Old 16.06.2019, 12:03
3Wishes's Avatar
Moderately Amused
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Bern area
Posts: 11,471
Groaned at 92 Times in 87 Posts
Thanked 19,986 Times in 8,843 Posts
3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Just because it comes from trees doesn't automatically mean it's certified bio. There's also the question of fertilizers, pesticides, processing techniques, etc.

https://acadianmaple.com/blogs/maple...ic-maple-syrup
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank 3Wishes for this useful post:
  #25  
Old 16.06.2019, 12:09
JagWaugh's Avatar
RIP
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Eglisau
Posts: 7,248
Groaned at 46 Times in 45 Posts
Thanked 14,131 Times in 5,506 Posts
JagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

I can't say the stuff I've bought here in either Coop or Migros tasted strange, but I have noticed that it will grow mould a lot faster here than I remember happening in Canada. Perhaps there are different airborne spores here, perhaps I just don't go through it at the rate I used to.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank JagWaugh for this useful post:
  #26  
Old 16.06.2019, 12:59
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Bern
Posts: 854
Groaned at 5 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 1,391 Times in 528 Posts
heckenhocker has a reputation beyond reputeheckenhocker has a reputation beyond reputeheckenhocker has a reputation beyond reputeheckenhocker has a reputation beyond reputeheckenhocker has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

I had Coop's maple syrup on pancakes this morning....no aftertaste, no bitterness. Seems like you had a bad bottle?
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 16.06.2019, 13:05
Tom1234's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Kanton Luzern
Posts: 17,067
Groaned at 651 Times in 504 Posts
Thanked 25,876 Times in 10,429 Posts
Tom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Quote:
View Post
All maple syrup is BIO. It all comes from a tree in the woods.
There are differences, however minor. For organic:
  • No chemicals or pesticides are used on the trees or in the general area.
  • Records must be kept as to when and where each drop of Organic syrup was made.
  • Tree maintenance and health are considered by enforcing tapping guidelines for the producer and their trees.

From here
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 16.06.2019, 13:20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: ZŁrich
Posts: 385
Groaned at 27 Times in 19 Posts
Thanked 348 Times in 186 Posts
Rjellsch has an excellent reputationRjellsch has an excellent reputationRjellsch has an excellent reputationRjellsch has an excellent reputation
Re: Mayple syrup.

The syrup Iíve seen here is in the markets has not ďgradedĒ in any way that Iím aware of. Iíve seen color and taste vary among labels and suspect they often just blend whatever they have access to and call it maple syrup.

Was yours sold just as Canadian Maple syrup or did it come with the Canadian grade as well?



Quote:
View Post
Reactivating this whole thread.. we just arrived in Switzerland last week from the US and were excited to find Coop store-brand Canadian maple syrup for a reasonable price, but the stuff we got has a strange bitter after-taste. Did we just get a bad batch, or is it a known thing that Canadian producers dump sub-par late season maple syrup on the EU market, the way EU olive growers dump their sub-par olive oil on the American market? I want to know if I will be importing suitcases full of maple syrup for the rest of my time in Switzerland...
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 16.06.2019, 13:22
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 32,516
Groaned at 2,578 Times in 1,840 Posts
Thanked 39,652 Times in 18,690 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

The stuff at the reform haus is usually C.

Tom
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 16.06.2019, 13:40
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: ZŁrich
Posts: 385
Groaned at 27 Times in 19 Posts
Thanked 348 Times in 186 Posts
Rjellsch has an excellent reputationRjellsch has an excellent reputationRjellsch has an excellent reputationRjellsch has an excellent reputation
Re: Mayple syrup.

Iíll also add that Iíve never noticed an actual sugar maple tree growing in Switzerland. Perhaps there are some and Iím just not aware. I can only think of a handful of times Iíve even seen maple wood products here. There do not seem to be a lot of the trees around.

So in a general sense, what is being sold as Ahorn syrup, may well be from random maple types that simply produce an inferior syrup.
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 16.06.2019, 16:17
3Wishes's Avatar
Moderately Amused
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Bern area
Posts: 11,471
Groaned at 92 Times in 87 Posts
Thanked 19,986 Times in 8,843 Posts
3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

The original grading was based mostly on color and transparency. A was the lightest color and mostly transparent, B was a medium color and C was quite dark and commercial grade.

Now, for marketing purposes I assume, A and B are both called grade A and assigned color and flavor intensity. C has become "grade A very dark" or "processing" grade.

https://www.maplesource.com/maple-sy...des-explained/

I agree with Jag - the maple syrup I buy here seems to grow mold, whereas the maple syrup I'd buy back in the States never did.
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 16.06.2019, 16:34
Captain Greybeard's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sarganserland / NW Lower Penin
Posts: 3,516
Groaned at 43 Times in 37 Posts
Thanked 7,410 Times in 2,314 Posts
Captain Greybeard has a reputation beyond reputeCaptain Greybeard has a reputation beyond reputeCaptain Greybeard has a reputation beyond reputeCaptain Greybeard has a reputation beyond reputeCaptain Greybeard has a reputation beyond reputeCaptain Greybeard has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Quote:
View Post
Iíll also add that Iíve never noticed an actual sugar maple tree growing in Switzerland. Perhaps there are some and Iím just not aware. I can only think of a handful of times Iíve even seen maple wood products here. There do not seem to be a lot of the trees around.

So in a general sense, what is being sold as Ahorn syrup, may well be from random maple types that simply produce an inferior syrup.
There's very little sugar maple in Europe. It's indigenous to some parts of the USA and Canada and may be occasionally imported to the Old World as kind of a decorative tree because of its red foliage in fall (the trademark of "Indian summer"), but in Switzerland it's even rarer than Japanese maple, which is red also in spring, not only in fall.

A Google search for "sugar maple in Europe" yields five hits, not exactly breathtaking.

We have about 500 sugar maple trees on our property here in Leelanau, Michigan. In Leelanau County alone (about the size of an average Swiss canton, but only 22,000 inhabitants) there are at least ten Mom-and-Pop businesses that make and sell maple syrup, plus hundreds of land owners like us who make it just as a hobby.

Please feel free to come over and tap our trees. Boiling the sap down to syrup is a messy thing, though.
__________________

"This is AMAZING! I have the exact amount of money Joe Biden has cost us playing golf in my sweatpants pocket!" ó Kona Lowell

Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank Captain Greybeard for this useful post:
  #33  
Old 16.06.2019, 17:53
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: SG
Posts: 9,851
Groaned at 548 Times in 399 Posts
Thanked 13,237 Times in 6,871 Posts
Urs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Lidl will start their American week(s)(*) in eight days, that includes their Mcennedy maple syrup (they sell 250ml or roughly 8 ounces for about 4 CHF).



(*) they also have peanut butter, cranberries, pancake "liquid", bagels, etc during those weeks
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Urs Max for this useful post:
  #34  
Old 16.06.2019, 21:28
robBob's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,255
Groaned at 66 Times in 51 Posts
Thanked 3,227 Times in 1,718 Posts
robBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond reputerobBob has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Quote:
View Post
There are differences, however minor. For organic:
  • No chemicals or pesticides are used on the trees or in the general area.
  • Records must be kept as to when and where each drop of Organic syrup was made.
  • Tree maintenance and health are considered by enforcing tapping guidelines for the producer and their trees.

From here


Just have to laugh. Same stuff more paper work and higher $$$
Since when do maple trees get sprayed with pesticide?
Maybe in suburbia but not the forest.
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 17.06.2019, 13:48
Tom1234's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Kanton Luzern
Posts: 17,067
Groaned at 651 Times in 504 Posts
Thanked 25,876 Times in 10,429 Posts
Tom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Quote:
View Post

.
Not sure why you find your own ignorance so funny?

Quote:
View Post


Since when do maple trees get sprayed with pesticide?.
When there's over-spray of pesticides from, for example, nearby Christmas tree plantations.

Also, organic maple syrup must come from forests where there are maple trees and a mixture of other species of trees - to ensure bio-diversity and so on.

I'm not saying that there's any difference in taste and I don't go out of my way to buy organic food but to say there isn't a difference between organic and non-organic is simply wrong.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Tom1234 for this useful post:
  #36  
Old 17.06.2019, 14:14
Blueangel's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: KŁsnacht, Switzerland
Posts: 4,275
Groaned at 131 Times in 115 Posts
Thanked 11,520 Times in 5,021 Posts
Blueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Just checked in Orell Fussli and the one they stock is Buckwud Organic 100% Pure Canadian Maple Syrup.

It might be an idea to remember that the UK also have an appetite for Maple Syrup, so if any of you are going over soon, these are the best of the own brands as rated by Good Housekeeping

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/...0/maple-syrup/
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Blueangel for this useful post:
  #37  
Old 19.06.2019, 11:43
Verbier's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lully VD
Posts: 4,402
Groaned at 17 Times in 17 Posts
Thanked 4,673 Times in 2,362 Posts
Verbier has a reputation beyond reputeVerbier has a reputation beyond reputeVerbier has a reputation beyond reputeVerbier has a reputation beyond reputeVerbier has a reputation beyond reputeVerbier has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Quote:
View Post
Lidl will start their American week(s)(*) in eight days, that includes their Mcennedy maple syrup (they sell 250ml or roughly 8 ounces for about 4 CHF).



(*) they also have peanut butter, cranberries, pancake "liquid", bagels, etc during those weeks
The maple syrup is "Grade A" and is available as of next Monday, the 24th, for CHF 3.89 per bottle of 250ml as Urs Max mentioned.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Verbier for this useful post:
  #38  
Old 21.06.2019, 00:19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Port-Valais (was SFO)
Posts: 447
Groaned at 5 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 326 Times in 181 Posts
Caryl has a reputation beyond reputeCaryl has a reputation beyond reputeCaryl has a reputation beyond reputeCaryl has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

We buy our maple surple at Costco US/UK/France. £6 for a litre in Croydon as I recall. Also get Skippy peanut butter £4-£5, cat litter, and in season Duraflame Fire Logs 9 x 5lb logs $9.97 at- Costco US, not much more in UK.
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 21.06.2019, 19:39
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Wilen Bei Wollerau
Posts: 8
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Eklektiked has earned some respectEklektiked has earned some respect
Re: Mayple syrup.

Lidl sell it too. Organic Even!
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 23.06.2019, 16:42
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: VD
Posts: 441
Groaned at 7 Times in 5 Posts
Thanked 468 Times in 245 Posts
AnnaSophiaA has a reputation beyond reputeAnnaSophiaA has a reputation beyond reputeAnnaSophiaA has a reputation beyond reputeAnnaSophiaA has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Mayple syrup.

Lidl, Coop and migros do have decent maple syrup. For those of us who had been accustomed to small batch from local growers itís not the same, but better than nothing! I will soon be purchasing from one or multiple private Canadian syrup importers and will share if they are better than the stores as the price point is very similar.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Maple syrup shelf life (open bottle) Guest Food and drink 27 15.05.2014 22:30
Hickory or maple chips for bbq? snoozeboy Food and drink 1 17.06.2011 08:54
maple pecan plait rokoko Food and drink 3 19.09.2010 19:17
How to order Maple Syrup! jwwu Food and drink 19 17.09.2010 16:54
Where to find Maple syrup grade B in zurich? Jejejeah Food and drink 20 02.09.2010 18:23


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 13:41.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0