Thursday, November 4, 2010

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

Almost every day someone picks up one of the stalks of raw sugar cane that we sell at Findlay Market and exclaims, "I haven't seen this since I was a kid!" True, it's not something you see every day around Cincinnati.
Raw sugar cane is harvested in stalks grown in tropical areas. The raw sugar is then extracted in mills and refined to make the sugar most commonly used on our tables and in our cooking. Sometimes, however, the newly-harvested stalks are cut into 6" pieces and end up as a special treat for someone looking for nature's chewing gum!
"So how do you use it?" ask the customers who are unfamiliar with raw sugar cane. You simply wash it, dry it, and chew and suck on the sweet inner core to get at the natural juice. You'll want to pull or cut away the hard outer stalk and discard any pieces of the cane you come upon while chewing. You don't actually swallow any of the sugar cane since it's hard to digest just like Wrigley's chewing gum. Another use for raw sugar cane is as a natural swizzle stick for tropical drinks. It adds just a touch of sweetness to the drink while also making a great presentation.
Raw sugar cane is just one of the many specialty items you'll find at Daisy Mae's Market. Maybe you'll find something else at Findlay Market that you haven't seen since you were a kid. Isn't it time you take a walk down Memory Lane?

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