Sugar cane is a tropical and subtropical grass. Its long stems grow tall with blade-like leaves and clusters of white flowers.
The cane is squeezed for juice that is high in sucrose. It is processed on-site into unrefined sugar, and in certain areas, the juice is boiled down to make a molasses-like brown sugar called jaggery.
Sugar cane was the first cultivated crop for sugar production and most of today's refined sugar is produced from it.
Many other types of sugar exist - for example, fructose (fruit sugar) and lactose (milk sugar), but we usually commonly assume the word ‘sugar’ to refer to sucrose.
Sugar was first widely used in India, whereas honey and dried fruits, such as figs and dates, were the usual sweeteners elsewhere. In India, sugar was thought to have near-magical healing properties and it was prescribed for longevity and fertility.
Sugar was a great curiosity to the Romans.
Our black sugar is tinted with vegetable food colouring.
We use it in our charcoal-inspired Dark Angels cleanser to stimulate and exfoliate the skin.