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TRADITIONAL SUGARS: REAL FOOD

-: rapadura, muscovado, demerara, panela, jaggery, ghur, date sugar :- All of the traditional sugars listed below derive from different parts of the globe but they all share one thing in common – the processing of sugar through evaporation rather than centrifugal force. The FAO defines such whole cane sugars as “Generally derived from sugar cane through traditional methods without centrifugation.” When cane juice is evaporated many of the plants natural nutrients (referred to as molasses) remain in tact, the result of which is a whole brown sugar brick or loaf with a caramel flavour. This should be contrasted to more modern refining techniques whereby the sucrose is separated from the other plant material through centrifugal force powered by fossil fuels. Although traditional methods of sugar extraction vary from tropical region to tropical region some of the key extraction methods remain the same. Typically the farmer or local miller will crush the stems of the canes in order to extract as much cane juice as possible. The resulting juice is sieved to remove impurities, heated …