Sucanat

We’ve added another sugar to our bulk sugar selection: sucanat.

Sucanat stands for SUgar CAne NATural. In any discussion about processed sugar, sucanat is always among the top of the list of least processed cane sugar. Sucanat is actually a brand name for whole cane sugar (Wholesome Sweeteners is the producer of this product). It is essentially pure dried sugar cane juice. It’s made by simply crushing freshly cut sugar cane, extracting the juice and heating it in a large vat. Once the juice is reduced to a rich, dark syrup, it is hand-paddled. Hand paddling cools and dries the syrup, creating the dry porous granules you see here. Nothing is added and nothing is taken out. Sucanat contains the molasses that would otherwise be removed in the refining process, giving it a stronger flavor than more refined sugars (however, you can use it as a one:one conversion in your favorite recipes, especially for brown sugar; you will notice a stronger, more molasses-y taste if you substitute it for granulated sugar; it is also slightly sweeter). Sucanat retains more vitamins, minerals, and molasses than other more refined sugars. Some people who have adverse reactions to refined cane sugars are able to tolerate sucanat. Our sucanat is fair-trade certified and organic.

In addition to sucanat, we have other sugars made from cane as well. They are:

Dark brown Sugar (fair trade and organic)

Evaporated cane juice (bulk bags, fair trade and organic — perfect replacement for “white” sugar)

Light brown sugar (fair trade and organic)

Powdered sugar (fair trade and organic)

Turbinado/demerara (bulk bags, fair trade — this is often called “raw sugar” or “sugar in the raw”)

As people become more health-conscious, sugar often becomes less desirable. Sometimes this means cutting it out completely, and other times it means looking for cane sugar substitutes. We have many substitutes as well:

[columns width=”third”]Agave (raw, fair trade, organic)

Blackstrap molasses (fair trade and organic)

Brown rice syrup (organic)

Coconut sugar (blonde and regular; organic)

Date sugar (organic)

Erythritol (sugar alcohol from cane juice, Wholesome Sweeteners Zero)[/columns]

[columns width=”third”]Honey (local, a number of different formulations)

Light corn syrup

Maple sugar (Pennsylvania)

Maple syrup (Pennsylvania)

Stevia (liquid, powder, and individual packet form)

Xylitol[/columns]

 

Trish Haverstick
trish.lemonstreet@gmail.com