Do you like Sugarcane? How do you eat, stick, juice or skin removed pieces?

sugar cane - The image of sugar cane
India
March 21, 2010 12:24pm CST
In India we buy sugarcane for Sun/crop festival which comes on January 14th. It is called Sankranthi by Telugu/Kannada people and Pongal by Tamil speaking people. It is a thanks giving festival to Sun God for the good crops that is grown. On that day, Sugarcane is brought home and sweet and hot pongals (rice items) and a side dish with all the vegetables, are prepared. When I was small, my father used to bring two big sugarcane sticks and we all used to eat it by removing the skin by our teeth. When I was grown, I used to drink sugarcane juice or skin removed pieces of sugarcane juice as I did not have patience to remove the skin with my teeth. Do you like to eat sugarcane? How do you like to eat it, stick by removing the skin by your teeth, extracted juice or skin removed pieces?
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
23 Mar 10
Hi Buchi, some of the chinese people here whom their ancestors came from certain parts of china use a couple of sugarcane plants to welcome and celebrate the ninth day of chinese new year. Ornaments made from yellow color papers are tied on the top of the sugarcane. Sugarcane with straight and plump stall in bright yellow color is the selling point Sugarcane juice stalls are available here at the busy street as well as under the big tree shades during scorching dry season. It's so convenient to get it whenever we need to quench thirst. We don't have to buy the cut sugarcane and to bite and to suck the juice anymore, like what we used to do earlier. Biting the thick and hard skin sometimes might damage our teeth. There are three types of sugarcane available here. The most popular one is the one in yellow color. People here do growth the dark red sugarcane. Besides using it to cook mixed herbal tea it can be taken raw as well like the yellow one. There is another type of sugarcane which has rather small stall and we call it bamboo cane. From the name given to it means that it looks exactly similar to small size greenish bamboo. It's solely for preparing sugarcane tea. We take this tea to reduce the body heat. Happy posting and have a nice day
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@Sreekala (22879)
• India
23 Mar 10
Hi dear, You have provided so many information about sugar cane. I have never heard about the sugar cane tea, thanks for sharing these dear. Sugar cane is good for teeth, biting and chewing the same is healthy for our teeth. (I read it somewhere). I agree the leaves of sugar cane itch our skin and sometimes its edges can cut the skin too so be careful while dealing with the big plants of sugar cane.
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• India
14 Apr 10
I never heard of this small sugarcane stick and also the sugarcane tea. Thanks for the detailed information that you have provided Ikbooi. . Even the Chinese way of celebrating 9th day of New Year is interesting. Because of Mylot, we learn new new things everyday, news from all over the world. We must thank mylot for this. Hai Sreekala, Even I heard that eating sugarcane by peeling the skin by our teeth not only cleans the teeth but it is good for gums too. But after some age, we loose patience to eat so and prefer juice for which we can add ginger, lemon and ice.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
22 Mar 10
hi Dear as u described, same is here in Pakistan Skin Removed pieces are very popular and people like to eat them all around year, they are available on hand carts and chilled with ice. but now i prefer to have sugarcane juice, with some salt ans some lemon. its very lovely drink Take care
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• India
12 Apr 10
Add some ginger juice. It will be still tasty.
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
22 Mar 10
hi Buchi_bulla, once again you are remembering your child hood days,i am also when in teens visiting Tirunala,but till now i have visited Devuni Kadapa ,every year on Rathasapthami ,the Rathamu is carried around the Temple ,the ritual of Rathayatra is celebrating with more people,there i have find the sugarcane sticks,then i am bringing one to my home,now also i am seeing the sugarcane sticks in the streets,but i am not buying ,who will eat now,have a nice day
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• India
12 Apr 10
Hai, everyone say the same thing. In childhood they like to eat the sugarcane by peeling the skin with our teeth. When we grow up, we loose patience to do that.
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
12 Apr 10
hi buchi_bulla, thanks for the response,in that age,there is lot of enthusiasm and curiocity to learn and know about things and doing what ever we can do,but when age is growing,we are coming in to frame and we create our selves a line,and also when we are growing we are not showing interest on those things,have a nice day Note:Vatsala is not attending mylot since 10 days,how is she?
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• India
14 Apr 10
May be she is busy at home. I will convey your wishes to her.
@Sreekala (22879)
• India
22 Mar 10
Hi Buchi, I really don’t like the sweetness of sugar cane. In my childhood sugar cane was very rare in our place and which was sold in a temple at the time of festival and people used to buy it from there. When I grown up I got a piece of sugar cane and I planted it in the yard which spread in the whole place. Here in Delhi, in summer sugar cane juice is in high demand but I never drink that juice. It seems you are enjoying the sugar cane and its juice. Its skin is very hard and your teeth must be strong to eat the same without removing the skin.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
23 Mar 10
Hi Scree, I did grow sugarcane in the courtyard before. But I cut them off later after I suffered from the grievous itchiness on my hands due to the tiny fuzz on the leaves. I found this after having the same situation several times.
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• India
12 Apr 10
Yes. Sugarcane juice is very sweet. But people who like it will happily have it. I like it but I am diabetic. Hence cannot drink freely. I share with my daughter as at least half-a-cup is not gone inside and sugar to that extent is avoided.
• India
12 Apr 10
Hai Ikbooi, in Tamil language there is a saying, learn theft also and forget. That is you have to learn everything to know about it, though you do not follow it. You also grow many plants and trees in your garden and have an experience of it. Rambutan is there in your garden, hibiscus and now sugarcane. I want to see your garden please.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
It's been a long time since I've eaten sugarcane. But i remember when i was a child that we could eat as much as we want since we have a lot planted in our backyard. We even made sugar out of it. We eat it until our mouths and teeth gave up for skinning it. What we have is of two different colors, the greenish and the reddish colored sugarcane. I like the reddish color since it's sweeter compare to the green one.
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• India
12 Apr 10
Yes. People, who want less sweeter ones, prefer green sugarcane.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
12 Apr 10
And it's softer too..
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@besthope44 (12145)
• India
11 Apr 10
Well i love sugarcane and i love them eating as juice. Thats real tasty. I do eat removing the skin, but i have bad disordered teeth and it gets struck easily, so i go for juice. Sankranthi is one of the major festival and i enjoyed it.
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• India
14 Apr 10
Yes. For Sankranthi plenty of sugarcane is available in the market. Now-a-days juice is also available everywhere. You can enjoy sugarcane juice throughout the year. By the way your Avatar child is so cute. I like her a lot.
• India
23 Mar 10
HI Aunty In my childhood i use to peel the skin of sugarcane and have it now i am become lazy and i dont have patience to peel the skin with my teeth so now i have the sugarcane which is already peeled or prefer to have the juice. Now a day the sugarcane juice is available in all the seasons. There are outlets called "cane o la" who sell juices in all the seasons adding different flavours liker, mint, ginger, chat masala, pepper. Have a great day
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• India
14 Apr 10
Yes. I saw this sugarcane juice outlet outside Forum Mall. I tasted two varieties and it was awesome. Today is Tamil New Years Day and Vishu for Malayalies. If you come home, uddina vadai and vermicelli payasam you will get. Coming?
• India
23 Mar 10
I was very much fund of sugar cane, i used to remove the skin using my teeth and crush the flesh sucking the sweet juice, i also drank the iced juice the vendors sell on street sides But now with diabetes (controlled of course)that craze is gone, more over teeth are not strong, i am afraid they may comeout..... Happy posting, cheers
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• India
14 Apr 10
I think many of us have enjoyed eating sugarcane with our teeth in our childhood. That was a sort of enjoyment. But on growing up, we preferred juice with lemon, ginger and ice.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
22 Mar 10
I like sugarcane juice but I haven't had the chance to really eat them. Because we don't usually get to buy them from supermarket but it is widely available from fruit juice vendors in the form of drinks. I never attempt to buy just the sugarcane from them though because it's really more convenient to drink it. Especially if you mixed it with lemon, it tasted even better. But if you are suffering from a cough, do try to refrain from drinking sugarcane.
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• India
14 Apr 10
Hai, this is a news to me that we should not drink sugarcane juice when we have caugh. Thanks for the information.
• Singapore
22 Mar 10
I like to drink sugar cane juice with lots of ice. Squeeze some lemon into and it even taste better.
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• India
14 Apr 10
That is a good idea, adding ice cubes to sugarcane juice. Add little ginger paste. That will also be good to drink.
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
i remember sugar cane during my childhood days when i visited my friends sugar cane plantation. during that time i didnt know about sugarcane yet. so when we got there i saw some people eating and i was laughing coz i though its a young bamboo and so i said why are they eating bamboo. then they also laugh at me and told me to try one. but i really dont eat it. i bring some of them and my parents are eating them and so thats the only time i know that its not really a bamboo but sugarcane and sugar come from it. I love to eat from stick i can still feel the juice running every time i take bite on it.
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• India
12 Apr 10
Funny experience for you.
@binagupta (628)
• India
22 Mar 10
Hello dear i just love having sugar cane,mostly i prefer having juice and the stick one also.
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• India
12 Apr 10
Now-a-days sugarcane juices are available everywhere. Evenif we do not want to eat with our teeth, we can enjoy sugarcane juice.
• India
22 Mar 10
Sugarcane is very good in summer. The best way to eat sugarcane is first to remove the upper layer either with teeth if your teeth are so strong you can check out or with a knife and the middle layer will not be so hard. It is a juicy part. We can bite it easily and crush it under our teeth. Then you can understand the real.....yummy....it will be..the juice which come out of it you know will be so tasty that I am getting water in my mouth. By eating this even it helps to clean our teeth, blood circulation increases in the gums and our teeth become strong.......Juice it's a very easy way to have like crushed under machine and have it. But eaten by our teeth is the real way and the taste we get. juice we drink off with in minutes but bit by bit when we eat then we get the real maaza in it.....Even there is little hard work behind this right so it will be so tasty than juice.....
• India
12 Apr 10
Very true. It is an exercise for the teeth and gum. Further the taste of the juice is very fresh when we eat with our teeth.
@vathsala30 (3723)
• India
22 Mar 10
I will eat sugarcane by crushing it with my teeth earlier. By crushing the sticks by teeth, makes our teeth clean and strong. But now, since i lost most of my teeth, I can only drink the juice and can't eat the stick. The juice is good for jaundice too and if lime and fresh ginger juice is added to it, it helps in digestion and controls vomitting sensation
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• India
12 Apr 10
You always give good tips vathsala30. Yes sugarcane juice added with ginger juice and lemon is very good for digestion too.
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
herein the Philippines we have really sweet sugarcane! OMG! i remember eating this raw.. removing the skin with my teeth but sometimes i use a blunt knife. i prefer to eat sugarcane that way, yes its a bit messy but i want to eat it as sugar cane you know..not just like any pre-packed food. sugar cane is sweeter when you eat it that way!oh i miss sugar canes!
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• India
12 Apr 10
It is very good for liver. Drink sugarcane juice whenever you can.
• Malaysia
21 Mar 10
hie buchi, i used to have a sugarcane plot at at the right side of our house. when the sugar cane is matured, we cut the sugar cane and bite with our teeth. the cane is so delicious and thirst quenching. later on we moved house and i used to buy sugar cane drink from the vendour. its more refreshing when added with ice cubes. its refreshing on a hot and humid day. its a popular drink in my country.
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• India
12 Apr 10
Hai, it is a good idea to put ice cubes in the sugarcane juice and drink.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
21 Mar 10
hi. i love my sugarcane in juice. over here it's quite easily available. some people take it on an empty stomach. i sometimes do. but usually i take it down with my meal.
• India
12 Apr 10
Sugarcane juice is very good for liver. When my husband had jaundice, doctor asked him to take sugarcane juice. But diabetic patients should be careful.
• United States
21 Mar 10
I have to have a whole stick to my self. I like to eat it as id. I tear through the hard skin and I love to chew the straw like material. I love this every summer at that.
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• India
12 Apr 10
I know, it is a pleasure to tear the skin and eat the fibre like juicy sugarcane.
@avani26 (1521)
• India
21 Mar 10
I love sugarcane and love to remove the skin by mouth it is really fun and good exercise for the gums. Now that summer season has arrived we will have lot of sugarcane juice whi will be available and that I really love to drink.
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• India
12 Apr 10
Very true. Peeling the skin of the sugarcane is good for teeth and gums.