There are over 120 species of maple, and because of this, they are subdivided into hard maple and soft maple. This can be confusing because soft maple can easily be confused with softwood, but all maple wood is hardwood.
Sugar maple and black maple are popular hard maple varieties. In contrast, silver maple, boxelder, and red maple are soft maple options. Sugar maple is one of the most popular choices.
Maple imparts a sweet, light, and mild smokiness to the food. It also gives the meat a dark appearance. It’s a great wood to mix with other woods like oak, apple or alder.
Maple goes well with pork, poultry, vegetables, and cheese.