[Sca-cooks] sugar cane

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Fri Jan 5 15:40:09 PST 2007

You've got it.  Sugarcane is a segmented grass with the sap (cane juice) 
contained in the segments.  An individual segment or small group of segments 
is a fine shipping container, which is why you can sometimes find sugar cane 
in the groceries as you can sometimes find whole coconuts.

And yes, it is related to rattan, but the structure seems closer to bamboo.

As a small aside, Smuckers is producing some soft drinks, ginger ale, 
vanilla cream soda, root beer, etc., with evaporated cane juice rather than 
high fructose corn syrup.  They've got great flavor.


> I think I am getting a picture here of segmented grass not unlike bamboo.
> Inside these segments are little chambers in which you find sugar 'juice'
> like sap  . . or is it different than that.  Then, when the chambers are
> broken and the grass itself squeezed, the juice is all wrung out of the
> grass.
> If I am in the neighborhood, then I understand a bit more about the cane
> walls being protectant for the inner 'stuff'.  It would be as protectant 
> as
> the rinds on friut, only more rigid and durable chlorphyl structure et al.
> making up the structure.  Am I near close to the picture?  Guess it's time
> for the idiot's guide on Wikipedia.
> niccolo difrancesco

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