Sugar with a taste of the islands
Sugarcane, native to India, is one of the most widely cultivated plants in the world. Ochre in colour, with green or purple-brown streaks, it can grow up to 2 to 4 metres tall. To eat it, slice it along one of its segments, peel it and split it into sticks. Its sweet and stringy pulp can be sucked or chewed like a liquorice stick. An ingredient used to make rum, it is also used to produce cane syrup and sugar.
Sugarcane is a source of vitamin C and is rich in calcium (234 mg per 100 g) and magnesium (55 mg per 100 g). It also contains iron (2.8 mg per 100 g). Sugarcane juice is ideal for boosting energy levels in winter. It is also rich in sucrose, which means it is recommended for sportsmen and women who need to consume nutritious and food that provides energy.