Fun fact, there are numerous types of sugarcane!
Brown sugar is the common name given to unrefined cane sugar. While the vast majority of cane sugar comes from green sugarcane – for it boasts a higher water and sugar content – black sugarcane boasts a colour and flavour distinct from its more mainstream counterpart. Its flavour profile is slightly more “earthy”, and less overwhelmingly sweet, perhaps due to a higher amount of iron, magnesium, and calcium.
This sugar is naturally handmade in East Java, using traditional techniques. East Java is the central sugar-producing region of Indonesia. While the majority of sugarcane comes from large monocrop plantations, the raw materials for this sugar are instead collected from smallholder farmers and family gardens.
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