Sugar - Part 1: History of Canesugar

Sugar – Part 1: History of Canesugar


 . By T.V. Antony Raj

Sugar is the universal name for a variety of sweet-tasting carbohydrates, derived from various sources. Sugar is used in food, sweet meats, confectioneries, chocolates, alcoholic liqueurs, sweet beverages, etc.

The English word ‘sugar’ is derived from the Arabic word سكر sukkar, which came from the Persian شکر shekar, itself derived from Sanskrit शर्करा śarkarā, which…

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Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) in flower Sand Lake Wetland Management District 01 by USFWS Mountain Prairie on Flickr.

Big bluestem is a dominant native grass in tallgrass prairie and is found in mixed grass prairies where extra water is available. It is a warm season grass and grows best when temperatures exceed 80 degrees fahrenheit. It is very palatable to livestock and many species of wildlife. Big bluestem is used extensively in prairie reconstruction projects in the tallgrass prairie. A true “icon” of the prairie.

Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS