Hope you know sugar is gotten from sugarcane!
Writing about sugarcane reminds me of my secondary school days when we used to get them [the sugarcanes] fresh, some times from our school farms and at other times from the ‘mallams’ or ‘abokis’ who sell these sweet canes and hawk them around in wheel barrows . Special thanks to this dry season which makes sure the sugar cane is produced in abundance.
Relished in Nigeria as a major dessert, the Northern States like Sokoto, Taraba, Borno, Kaduna and others are known to be great producers of this sugary delight.
… Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai munching sugarcane!
Biting into the bamboo – like stalk is the delight especially as the sweetness of the juice fills the mouth and with this, I say welcome to the portals of the sweet delicious long grass, provided by nature to make us happy!
Sugar cane is one of several tall perennial true grasses of the genus saccharam, tribe Andropogoneae. Although native to tropical south and southeast Asia, Nigeria is also blest with much of this crop as well as different species.
Sugarcane as a cash crop can be a great incomer earner for individuals, families, societies and of nations of the world.
Reports say it was first domesticated in New Guinea around 6000BC. It is also known as one of the most efficient photosynthesis of the plant kingdom.
So many products are derived from sugarcane and these include sugar, rum, ethanol, molasses and falernum amongst others.
Nutritional Value of sugarcane
Sugarcane which virtually contains all essential nutrients is known to be a remedy for Sore throat, Jaundice, Constipation, Kidney disorders and various diseases including gonorrhea, prostrate as well as urinary tract infection amongst others.
Eating plenty of sugarcane will help to prevent heart diseases, cancer, anaemia, and DNA damage and twill also promote bone growth and help to heal your wound much faster. It is equally useful to those who have fever, biting the cane will help restore the protein lost. It removes weakness by rehydrating the body.
Consuming sugarcane will also help to regulate the digestive system functionality of the body and as well increase the muscle power of the body.
It is very important to note that sugarcane strengthens major body organs including the eyes, stomach, heart, kidney, etc if used regularly.
Compiled by Akintoye Okunola, a 300 level Business Administration Student and Okere, Chidinma a 400 level Mass Communication Student of University of Lagos, Nigeria.