Sugarcane belongs to the grass family and is native to the tropical regions of Asia. The specie S.barberi is said to have originated in India.
It is very common to find cane stalls on the roadside in India. A very healthy and refreshing drink on a hot day, that gives you instant energy to continue your day. Now you even get flavours in your cane juice, ranging from lemon, mint, pepper and other herbs. The ginger flavour is my personal favourite. Some of our favourite sugarcane juice outlets even encourage people to walk in behind the counter and watch the process of juicing!
Very easy to down a tall mug of cane juice, but chewing on a raw piece of cane is entirely a different experience. As a child I have memories of my Dad getting the whole stalks home, painstakingly skinning them and chopping them into bite size for us. However chewing on a cane is much easier now that you have it available: clean, cut and packaged to pick off the shelf. So I bought some home to introduce the kids to sugarcane chewing.
Kidometer- The little girl was too suspicious to try it out. But the little boy caught on and enjoyed the experience, not forgetting the tirade of questions that were fired.
"Why do we need to chew and then spit it out?" "Why can't we eat it like other fruits?" " O, you mean we are eating grass!"
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Leaving you with some Health benefits of Sugarcane-
- clears urinary flow and helps the kidney to perform its functions smoothly.
- refreshes and energizes the body giving instant energy.
- good for digestion.
- juice helps the body in fighting cancer especially prostrate and breast.
- is believed to strengthen stomach, heart, kidneys, eyes, brain and sex organs.