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Eating Sugar Cane

Autumn in China has been nice. We’ve seen some bright colors as the trees have changed and experienced cooler temperatures. I also noticed some long stalks at the fruit stores two months ago. I asked my students what they were and was told they’re sugar cane. What the?! How cool!

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One of my students walked me home the other day so we stopped and got some. I paid 82 cents for one stalk. The guy peeled it with a scary looking tool that is similar to a carrot peeler. He then cut it into foot-long pieces and threw them in a plastic bag. (Notice our dreary weather compared to October. Pollution is a bummer. Thankfully it’s gone now.)

My student and I stepped to the side and she taught me how to eat it. You basically take a bite by either chomping off a chunk or stripping a piece off. You bite down on it, releasing the juice, and then spit out the fibers. It’s quite a process for a small amount of juice but it is really good! It tastes sweet but planty. I guess you can buy bottled sugar cane juice but I’ve yet to see it. I’m glad I finally tried the actual sugar cane and got to spend time with my student at the same time. The students are truly the best part of China.

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