Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Day 28: Sugar cane

Sugar cane is cultivated on more than 70 000 hectares of land in Mauritius. Most of the 600000 tons produced is exported to Europe, so next time you bake a cake with Demerara or Muscovado sugar, take a look at its origin, it could come from Mauritius...

When you are on top the hills, you can see the immensity of the fields. Sugar cane will pretty much be all around you.




On one of our trips, we had the opportunity to taste raw sugar, straight from the cane. You will know the plan is ripe when its base is dark red.

My brother in law is obviously very experimented! 
You have cut the cane in chunks and take off the outer layer. Then, just chew or suck on the strips to extract the sugary juice. 

It won't come as a surprise, but it tastes really sweet!