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Mascobado Cane Sugar
Sprinkle or substitute in baked goods for rich caramel sweetness
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THE ULTIMATE SECRET INGREDIENT
-sprinkled on Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream
-in your favorite baking recipes
-in cappuccinos or lattes
-made into simple syrup for iced tea and artisan cocktails
-as a sweetener or caramelizer for salads or vegetables
Meet Our Sugar Farmers
Beth Mondejar is one of 300,000 sugar farmers living and working on Negros Island, where sugarcane cultivation takes up 80% of the land. Private investment in industrial sugarcane mills have contributed to severe deforestation and eliminated crop diversification, creating an inescapable dependency for the local farmers. Working for a large company with no regard for labor rights, Beth used to earn $400 USD per year working 12 hours a day in the fields.
Today, Beth earns $1,000 USD a year as a farmer and a manager of Alter Trade (our partner co-op). The co-op utilizes a holistic production model that considers the land as well as the farmers, helping them reestablish self-efficiency.
“Thanks to these sustainable practices, we were able to invest in the education of our children. My older daughter is going to the university next year. It’s a great pride for those of us who didn’t get a chance to go to the University.”
More about Mascobado Sugar
Mascobado Sugar is a unique form of pure, unrefined sugar grown by Alter Trade Co-op on Negros Island in the Philippines. Cultivated using organic methods and minimal processing, this golden brown delicacy offers more depth, flavor and nutrients than any other sugar on the market.
How is our sugar harvested?
The cane saplings are planted by hand before the summer monsoons arrive.
Canes grow quickly in the tropical environment. When they reach maturity (approximately 16 weeks), they are harvested by hand with machetes.
The crop is stacked neatly for transport to the co-op-owned processing plant 50 miles away.
The canes are crushed by co-op members.
Then they are heated in steel drums to 140 degrees until they dissolve into cane juice.
Constantly stirred to maintain consistency of flavor and color, the Cane juice is dried into sugar over a period of 5 hours.
The sugar is weighed and packaged on site.
Then it’s sent on its way to you!