Sugar cane are a clump-forming rhizomatrous, this perennial grass produces stout cane-like stems. Encased in a brown bark and standing about five feet tall, straggly dry strands of leaves are attached at the top of the long sugar cane baton. Offering a sweet flavor, the white flesh is juicy and chewy.
Sugar cane requires peeling. Enjoy this taste treat eaten out of hand or cut into thin strips. Its juice contains sucrose and makes refined white sugar and brown sugar. By-products are made into syrup, rum and molasses. Cane sugar flavors and sweetens and even preserves food as it inhibits microorganisms. Refined and processed, it is made into granulated sugar for table use and cooking.