sugar cane was processed by crushing through these huge metal rollers which squeezed the juice from the canes. Sugar cane is a true perennial grass and grows 6 to 19 feet tall. The tough fibrous stalks are full of the sugars.
ethanol used as a substitute for gasoline. The remaining parts of the cane called bagasse a biomass which can be burned by steam to produce electricity. Half of all sugar cane is still harvested by hand. After six to seven months of growing the fields are set on fire where the leaves are burned away and later the cane is cut down with a machete. A skilled worker can cut up to 1100 pounds of cane in an hour. A simple trip to the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins and reading about sugar cane production, ethanol, and bagassee has made me realize I have much to learn about world cultures and economies. This post is part of the Mud Colony what's happening in the studio. Not really pottery related, but definitely inspirational. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.