A History of how sugarcane juice became popular in China

February 3, 2018



If you happen to visit China on a vacation or even for a business trip, you might want to enjoy a glass of Freshly Crushed Sugar Cane Juice. It is popular in the country and they have some of the best tasting sugarcane juice.

The story of how Sugar Cane juice became popular in China dates back millenia. It was first introduced to C


hina at around 800 B.C. by way of India. The boiled-down version of sugar cane is called stone honey and was first considered a luxury item as it is the main ingredient of white cake. Back then, the Ancient Chinese used sugar cane for its juice as well. One of the earliest methods of extracting sugar cane juice was to chew the cane flesh and spit out the fiber to sip the juice. Later, the Chinese would press the cane flesh to extract the juice in order to make sugarcane juice. This method has become one of the most widely used methods and is still used today. Apart from sugarcane juice, the Chinese have used sugarcane for several purposes including turning the sugar cane juice into either a soft or a solid candy (“tang” in Chinese) for a sweet delicacy. “Sugar frost” is also a popular candy treat. Inspired by an Indian method, the sugar is crystallized by way of extraction and purification. Back then, sugar was classified by its color and arranged by way of its classification with number one being the highest:

1.   Purple

2.   Dark Amber

3.   Light Yellow

4.   White

Through the years, sugarcane has sustained its popularity all over the country and its by-product sugarcane juice is now one of the most popular drinks in China.

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