Colombia has three native speices of the genus Saccharum, but the primary source of sugar is from Saccharum officinarum which is not native and cultivated below 8,000 feet. 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.