This is the same wood they harvest for Maple Syrup it is naturally closed grain.  If you attempted to stain a Maple sugar cabinet, it would simply wipes right of.  This wood won't stain even in hot tomato sause or turmeric. Soft maple will stain, our local maple will stain like gangbusters.  Birdseye maple is a wonderful wood.

It doesn’t stain in anything but beets, berries, and Cool Aid.  Bacteria will not grow on it.