It’s a crop we could not live without, anywhere in the world. It’s the basis for desserts, soft drinks and all such goodies that satisfy our collective sweet tooth. It’s sugar cane.
Brazil is one of the largest producers of sugar cane in the world. It’s an interesting harvest. They first burn the fields to rid the plants of their leaves (and to say goodbye to venomous snakes that may be hiding), then using machetes or other sharp knives, they whack the sugar cane off close to the ground.
What Maddie is holding in the picture up top is a length of raw sugar cane. Daniel holds the opened stalk. The pulp inside is moisture rich and sweet, but it doesn’t have the taste of purified sugar. The cane can be cut into strips for use as skewers for shrimp, chicken and pork. Or, buy the cane strips already prepared – and use them as drink swizzle sticks.
For the $3 or so it costs to buy sugar cane strips already packaged, it pays in convenience.