Why Choose Turkeywoods Farm Hickory Syrups?
Why Turkeywoods Syrups?
All-natural, gluten and corn syrup free, Mystic Hickory Syrups are a product of Turkeywoods Farm located near the seaport town of Mystic, Connecticut. The farm consists of nearly 20 wooded acres and over 100 hickory trees. Turkeywoods Farm is New England's first commercial producer of Shagbark Hickory Syrup in New England. This remarkable, little-known syrup is praised for its unique earthy flavor. We are also the world inventors of fabulous golden Hickory Nut Syrup. This distinctively light and nutty syrup is made from local hickory nuts that are collected and cracked by hand. These nuts fall during a three-week period of the fall and must be collected quickly ahead of hungry squirrels who love the choice nuts. For berry lovers, we offer a wide range of seasonal syrups including traditional Blueberry Syrup and an award-winning Strawberry Syrup. Our berry syrups are made from fresh local berries that are harvested from our own acreage or neighboring farms.
Why choose Turkeywoods Farm Hickory Syrups?
- Our syrups are all-natural, gluten- and corn syrup free, and contain no preservatives.
- Turkeywoods Farm is one of the first commercial producers of Shagbark Hickory Syrup.
- Our offerings are backed by 25 years of advanced research in the fields of natural products and organic chemistry.
- We have devoted an entire year to developing and perfecting our primary recipes for flavor, clarity, presentation and shelf life. .
- Our syrups are sold in glass bottles to highlight exceptional color and clarity.
- Attention to detail is present in our packaging. Glass bottles and a classy label make for beautiful and affordable, not to mention delicious, gifts.
- Advanced training in chemistry and microbiology ensure high quality and safety in our products.
Awards and Accolades
Turkeywoods Farm Hickory Syrups are repeat Connecticut Specialty Foods award winners, which includes first place prizes for our Shagbark and Strawberry Syrups. We have also received accolades for product packaging and presentation. We believe excellence in appearance is the best way to advertise the quality and flavor of our products.
Not a Secret Anymore: the TWF Process
Turkeywoods Farm Shagbark Hickory Syrup
Native Americans were the first to prepare shagbark hickory tea by boiling hickory bark. They drank this tea in part to relieve symptoms of arthritis. We now know that hickory bark is one of the highest plant sources of magnesium. Magnesium plays a role in many bodily functions including neurotransmission and muscle contraction, and is important for healthy heart function and in combating muscle pain and fatigue. Shagbark tea sweetened with wild honey is the likely precursor to what we now know as Shagbark Hickory Syrup. Whereas the unique flavor of maple syrup derives from tree sap, the flavor of Shagbark Hickory Syrup comes from the bark of the tree. No tree sap is involved. We employ our own method to produce “Mystic Hickory” syrups which, in a hickory nutshell, involves a boiling, filtering and aging process to produce the broth. This is then cooked with a special blend of natural sugars and the resultant hot syrup is bottled into glass containers for pasteurization. Trees are not cut or damaged in the process, as the shagbark hickory tree begins to naturally shed its bark at around seven years of age. This bark is harvested when it falls from the tree, or can be carefully removed when it becomes loose. Peeling too much bark from the tree can damage it and leave it prone to insect damage.
Turkeywoods Farm Hickory Nut Syrup
Turkeywoods Farm is the world’s only commercial producer of Hickory Nut Syrup, made from local hickory nuts that are collected and cracked by hand. These flavor and nutrient rich nuts fall during a three week period of the fall, and must be collected quickly ahead of hungry squirrels who love the choice morsels. Hickory Nut Syrup has a unique nutty flavor that is completely different from the shagbark syrup. Hickory Nut Syrup is distinctively light, sweet and nutty, and is excellent for light flavored foods including pancakes, waffles, ice cream and corn bread.
Turkeywoods Farm Hickory Ginger Syrup
A new and rapidly growing favorite is our Hickory Ginger Syrup. This syrup, prepared from Shagbark Hickory Syrup and fresh ginger root is generating rave reviews from ginger lovers! Among other uses, this syrup can be used to make a delicious all-natural ginger ale. Turkeywoods Farm is currently the world's only producer of Hickory Ginger Syrup.
Mystic Berry Syrups
Turkeywoods Farm also offers a variety of fresh berry syrups. Some of the flavors include Blueberry, Blueberry/Strawberry (a Mystic favorite), Red Raspberry and Wild Grape. Since we use only fresh fruit for these syrups, they are seasonal items and in limited supply. Please inquire.
Sugars and Shelf Life
Turkeywoods Farm hickory syrups consist of varying blends of sucrose, fructose and glucose, which are the same sugars found in maple syrup. We bottle the syrup at over 215°F for pasteurization, which provides for an indefinite shelf life provided the cap seal is not compromised. However, we recommend refrigeration once the syrup is opened or the seal is broken. As with maple syrup, an opened bottle left on the countertop at room temperature for several weeks may experience mold growth on the surface, whereas the useable life of the syrup is extended to a year or more when refrigerated. Our Shagbark Hickory Syrup natural sugar blend combines fructose (fruit sugar) with sucrose and glucose. It is important to note that fructose sugar is not the same as high fructose corn syrup. We use none of the latter in any of our products. Pure all-natural fructose sugar plays an important role as a flavor and sweetness enhancer, and also serves to limit crystallization that can occur with other sugars. Still, on rare occasions large rock candy crystals may form in the bottle over time. These crystals can be quite beautiful, and do not affect the quality of the syrup.