Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Sweet Cane

The sugar cane is flowering in my school garden. The feathery pink flowers are typical grass flowers, with no smell.
The sugar cane in the fields on Mysore road have just been harvested and sent to the sugar mills. Some of the sugar cane juice is made into the golden brown jaggery , which is used in the traditional sweets of India.
Sugar cane juice is a popular drink sold all over India, in street corner mills. The washed sugar cane is fed into the hand driven or power driven mill and the juice is extracted. Lemon juice, rock salt and ginger added to the cane juice make it very refreshing and energizing. The fresh juice costs one third the price of Coke or Pepsi, besides being health giving. It is claimed that a daily glass of sugar cane juice prevents breast cancer.


  1. Cane juice hasn't caught on here, but it was popular when my husband was a boy and they grew syrup cane (sorghum). Children also chewed the cane stalk.

  2. Nell Jean, welcome and thanks for your comment. Children love to chew cane stalk here too.

  3. Hey, that's how they make sugar cane juice here too. We also boil the sugar cane to make soup or desserts. We also use cane sugar as an alternative to refined white sugar. It seems cane sugar is healthier. In Malaysia, we have a sugar cane tycoon who is very very rich. The most wonderful part is this is the first time I really see sugar cane flowers captured so beatifully. Good job, girl! It reminds me of the fountain grass flowers that I have just recently featured.

  4. I remember seeing fields of sugar cane in Barbados.
    It's some production cutting it down.
    Looks pretty at the school.
    Does look much like our ornamental grasses.

  5. I haven't seen Cane Sugar blooming before, it's beautiful. The drink you described sounds far better than a soda.

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