Cut sugarcane exposing the white fiber
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Saccharum (Sugarcane)

Sugar is a large export crop of Colombia. One can chew the white raw fiber from the cane to extract the sweet juice. A popular byproduct of sugarcane is panela and a popular drink in Colombia is panela in water with lemon served either hot or cold. Most of the sugar is produced in the Valley of Cauca. Photographed in the Valley of Risaralda.

A rust-orange flowering Saccharum inflorescence under blue skies
A dense crop of sugarcane growing in the Valle de Risaralda
A roadside fruit-stand selling Panela
A rust-orange flowering Saccharum inflorescence under blue skies
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