Sugar by wysiwig ()
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Do you use sugar in your coffee or tea? In baking? Have you ever wondered where it comes from and how it is made? During our day in the country, the group visited a small sugar cane plantation. Sugar cane was originally native to warm tropical regions of Asia.
Starting at the left and clockwise are the living plants, a worker feeding the cane into a crusher, the cane juice, boiling the cane juice and patties of raw sugar. The center image is not what it looks like so don't get excited. It is a closeup of raw sugar or brown sugar. It is produced from the first crystallization of the sugar cane. The distinctive brown color is due to the presence of molasses.
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Very interesting collage and great captures! It's wonderful to see all the different steps. I don't drink sugar in my tea and rarely drink coffee, but I do get far too much sugar in other ways. When I was a child, probably 9 or 10, my grandfather gave me a piece of sugar cane. I remember chewing on it a while. I preferred M&Ms. I recently watched a show (Time Team, a British Archeological/History program) where they went to Nevis in the Caribbean to excavate a sugar plantation from the 1700s. It was very interesting.