What sweeteners did Indians have available other than natural semi-sweet berries and fruits?
As far as we can tell, Native Americans weren’t “hooked” on sweets. Honeybees were imported from Europe in the early 1600s and wild honey quickly became a favorite sweetener. Also, maple sugar from the sugar maple trees was available. The usual sweetener was from wild berries, dried and fresh fruit. A food called pemmican was made from grinding dried fish or meat mixed with dried fruit or berries. This was a tasty, high-energy food source.