There’s a long list of foods we Americans like to claim as our own. Mom’s apple pie is the prime example, along with other favorites, such as hamburgers or macaroni and cheese. But the truth is that most of our comfort-food classics originated elsewhere, usually in European kitchens. One notable exception, however, is maple syrup and its sweet companions, maple sugar and maple honey. They have roots that go deep into the colonial experience, as settlers learned from Native ...

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