ORGANIC CANE SUGAR

aka evaporated cane juice

  • Two types of organic cane sugars are sold in stores: raw sugars and unrefined, both made directly from the cane juice in a Sugar Mill

  • Organic sugar must be produced from cane grown, processed and packaged according USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) 

  • Practices that maintain or enhance the soil and water quality, while conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife must be used.

  • Growers are inspected by the USDA or a certifying agency following a long list of rules, which took twelve years to be defined.

  • No genetically modified seeds, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and sewage sludge are allowed by the Organic Standards.

  • Organic does not mean ‘pesticide-free’ or ‘chemical-free’. Sprays & powders are allowed but must not contaminate crops, soil or water.

  • A common misconception is that organic sugar is unrefined and minimally processed.

  • The claim ‘organic’ in fact relates not only to the way a crop is grown, but also how it is processed, handled, and packaged.

  • Just like growing organic crops, organic processing is regulated by the NOP and manufacturers of organic sugars must comply with it.

  • Organic cane sugars go through a great deal of processing. Raw sugars are highly refined. Unrefined sugars are partially refined.

  • Organic sugars are perceived as healthier than table sugar, but they do not provide more nutritive value than conventional sugars.

  • If you are a consumer that considers important protecting the environment and would even pay more for a sugar produced, processed, packaged, handled and, most importantly, inspected following a long list of strict rules, organic sugars are for you.

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RAW SUGARS

  • Crystals size vary from medium - slightly larger than regular table sugar - to coarse. Color varies from blond to light brown.

  • Usually contain 97 to 99% sucrose and less than 2 percent molasses, which gives them a delicate, pleasant taste and aroma. 

  • Read all about raw sugars here. See how the most widely available organic sugars look like in this video and read this blog post: What is Organic Sugar?

Organic Sugar | Medium Crystals
Organic sugar is a raw cane sugar with medium size crystals made from organic sugarcane and processed according USDA's Organic Standards. They retain trace amounts of the original cane molasses, consequently having blond color and a delicate molasses flavor. They contain 99.5% sucrose.
Organic Sugar | Coarse
Organic cane sugars are raw sugars made from organic sugarcane and processed according USDA's Organic Standards. Are slightly less refined than table sugar but are much less processed. Retain small amounts of the original cane molasses (typically < 2%) consequently having blond color and a hint of molasses flavor. TYoically contain 97 to 99.5% sucrose.
Organic Light Brown Sugar
Organic brown sugars are produced by adding organic cane molasses to organic sugar.
Organic Dark Brown Sugar
Organic brown sugars are produced by adding organic cane molasses to organic sugar.
Organic Powdered Sugar
Organic powdered sugar is made by grinding organic sugar and then blending it with an organic anti-caking agent such as organic tapioca or corn starch. Retains a bit of the cane’s natural molasses flavor.
Organic Molasses
Organic blackstrap molasses is a by-product of the refining process of organic raw cane sugars. It is produced in a Sugar Mill, which is always located close to cane plantations. Organic blackstrap molasses is slightly sweeter and less bitter than regular blackstrap molasses (produced in a Sugar Refinery). It is made from organic sugarcane and is processed according USDA's Organic Standards.
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UNREFINED SUGARS

  • A typical unrefined cane sugar contains around 90 percent sucrose and 4 percent invert sugar (glucose plus fructose)

  • Unrefined sugars are typically not centrifuged to remove the cane molasses at any stage during their refining

  • They retain all or most of the cane molasses around the sugar crystals, resulting in 8 to14 percent molasses content

  • With a strong molasses flavor and brown color, they are substitutes for regular refined brown sugars but offer a more complex flavor

  • Read two of my blog posts: What is Unrefined Sugar, Anyway?  and  Cane Sugar: Refined versus Raw versus Unrefined 

Organic | Whole Cane Sugar
Whole cane sugar refining process involves collecting the cane juice, clarifying it and boiling its water off through slow simmering in open kettles.
As cane juice is concentrated, a sticky dark syrup, called cane molasses, surrounds the pure sugar (sucrose) crystals. The color of the resulting brown sugars depends on the amount of the molasses they retain.
Organic Sucanat
Sucanat, which stands for Sugar Cane Natural, is not a traditional brown sugar, but it is an unrefined cane sugar produced by a drying process developed by the Swiss company Pronatec.
Sucanat is a registered trademark of Wholesome Sweeteners Inc, from Sugar Land, TX.
Organic Traditional Sugar | Solid
Sugars manufacturers & suppliers call 'unrefined cane sugar', any type of cane sugar that retains most of the original cane molasses around the sucrose crystals.
But be aware: All cane sugars available to consumers are refined and processed. The so-called 'Unrefined cane sugars' go through a great deal of processing and are refined, but less than white sugars.
Organic Traditional Sugar | Ground
Traditional artisan brown sugars are produced in small batches for local markets with simple equipment and little capital using hundreds of years old know-how.
Put simply, their refining process involves collecting the cane juice, clarifying it and boiling its water off through slow simmering in open kettles.
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