hist-brewing: suger substitution

Beth Ann Snead ladypeyton at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 31 08:51:55 PST 1998


---Eylat Poliner <allotta at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Granulated cane sugar was also a 17th century invention.  Cane syrup
and
> beet sugar could have been used during the Elisabethan and colonial
> periods.  Beet sugar could have been used during medieval periods.

Ah, but cane syrup was available in a rock candy form in Europe
pre-1600's.  It's not as new-world as some think.  It was imported
from Asia and to quote Toussaint-Samat's _History of Food_;  "Although
medieval Europe called the crystallized sap of sugar cane 'white salt'
(as opposed to sea or rock salt, grey because it was not refined at
the time) or 'Indian salt', the Chinese claim to have been the first
to make cane sugar, among their many other inventions." and dates it
in China back to the seventh century. However, Toussaint-Samat feels
that the Chinese probably learned the technique from India partially
because of it's availablility in Europe pre-Marco Polo.  Waverly
Root's _Food_ dates cane sugar in medieval Europe to about the same
time.

Beth Ann Snead

Lettice, Lady Peyton in the SCA
Kingdom of the East 
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