Today I took my youngest kid grocery shopping. It’s usually easiest to go with one rather than two or three because I don’t feel pressure to buy everything we see. But when Martin pointed to a pile of long bamboo-looking stalks and said, “sugarcane”, I just had to give in.
My kids learned about sugarcane through books I read to them about Hong Kong.
And photos Tom took in Hong Kong.
But the sugarcane I bought wasn’t the light green in the photo above, but a purplish brown. It was also hard as a rock. As you can see, I pulled out my big knives.
I remembered from my childhood when my brother liked to chew sugarcane and spit out the rough parts. But was that the right way to eat it? I sent off a quick tweet and author Mina Khan wrote back right away. Yes, she confirmed that was the correct way. Or, she wrote, I could chop it and put it in a blender to extract the juice.
Worried about the blades of my blender, I handed small pieces to my youngest kids. Only Rachel seemed to enjoy it. She chewed and spat out the remnants just like my brother used to do.
Do you have any memories of eating sugarcane or ways to eat or prepare it? I’m always open to new ideas!