Sugar cane fields in Fiji

Sugar cane fields in Fiji

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Caption: Sugar cane fields. Sugar cane (Saccharum officina- rum) is a bamboo-like tropical grass grown to make sugar. The cane is chopped up and soaked in water to dissolve the sugar (sucrose). The solution is then filtered and dried to produce crystals of raw brown sugar, which can be further purified into white sugar. The syrup drained away from the raw sugar is called molasses. This can be processed to make golden syrup or treacle, or fermented to make rum. Sugar cane accounts for about two-thirds of the world's sugar - the rest is obtained from sugar beet, which is grown in temperate countries. The average Briton eats 50kg of sugar each year. Photographed in Fiji.

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Keywords: agriculture, cane sugar, farming, field, fiji, land use, saccharum officinarum, sugar cane, sugar cane fields, traditional

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