[Sca-cooks] sugar and rice in Iberia

Johnna Holloway johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Wed Jul 4 10:24:09 PDT 2007

I am reminded that on our recent travels to Hawaii where we saw
sugar cane being harvested on Maui and Kauai (and went to the Sugar Museum
on Maui) that the early Polynesians brought sugar cane with them to the 
islands of Hawaii.
They did not however process the cane into sugar. So while cane grew freely
and quite well in the tropical climate there, the sugar processing 
didn't begin until
the 19th century. Just because one has the plant available doesn't mean 
that one
processes it into the products we do today.


Volker Bach wrote:snipped
> Also, there's little reason to think the Visigoths
> were unaware of rice or sugar even if they didn't
> produce either. 

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