Whole Sugars

Appears in
On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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It’s still possible to taste what might be called whole sugar, crystalline sugar still enveloped in the cooked cane juice from which it formed. This is the sugar sold in Indian groceries as jaggery or gur, and in Latin American shops as piloncillo, papelon, or panela. The flavor is highly variable, and ranges from mild caramel to strong molasses.