|Sugar Cane in the Fields|
|Water Power Cane Crusher|
|Loading cane in the crusher|
|Cooking the Cane Juice|
Sugar production, is a process that takes the sugar cane stocks and crushes them into syrup and then cooks it in stages to extract the crystalline sugar. The residue left after the cooking is completed is known as molasses. Originally it was from the molasses that the rum was made. There was a large amount of it and most every sugar plantation at the time had a rum distillery connected with it. In fact most of the most famous brands of rum were a part of a very large sugar plantation.
One of the interesting parts of my trip to Grenada last November was seeing the process being done the old way at the River Antoine Distillery. Watching all of the steps leading from the field to the crusher, to the cooking pans, to fermentation and finally to the stills makes me appreciate the fine spirits of the cane even more. ;o)