Sugarcane Juice: Not as good as it sounds

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 | Uncategorized

On a recent 100+ degree day here, I decided to go on a 10 mile walking tour down the length of Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn.  Did “Hot times, summer in the city, back of my neck gettin’ dirty and gritty…” run through my head relentlessly all day?  Did the search for water or any other refreshingly cold drink occupy the rest of my brain space?  Yes to both questions.  And so, when my fellow walkers and I stumbled upon a Rastafarian juice place somewhere along the way, we oozed in the door… and were utterly devastated by the total lack of AC.  As we stood in our pools of sweat, we saw an interesting sight.  The proprietress was busy funneling sugarcane into a juicing device that had a feed hole that looked specifically designed for sugarcane, um, canes.  We had to try it!

The juice had a kind of yellowish-green appearance, and tasted of slightly sweet vegetable matter.  Not so good.  No one in my group could bear to finish the bottle.  I wonder how sugar itself is so yummy, then.  Also rum.  And the billions of other things that are made with sugar.  Other countries apparently add ginger, lemon, or mint to their sugarcane juices– that’s a really good idea.  The proprietress claimed that this juice would be very good for us on our hike, since it’s similar to an energy drink.  She also said it helps with digestion.  I did at least find that I had more energy for a bit and I did not notice any stomach demons, so I guess it worked?

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