Raw Amber Beet Sugar, Abolitionist Alternative
This amber-colored raw sugar, made from the sugar beet, has a rich flavor. Use in tea, coffee, or cooking. 4 oz in a capsule with the history on the label.
A Bit of History
In the mid-1700s, Andreas Sigismund Marggraf, a German chemist, discovered that sugar could be extracted from the beet. In the U.S., this beet sugar was used as a replacement for cane sugar, boycotted by abolitionists in the 1800s because of its role in enslavement. Unlike other alternatives, such as sorghum, the beet sugar crystallized much like cane did and became increasingly popular after the Civil War. Today, over 50% of the sugar Americans eat is processed sugar beet – this bag is raw.