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September 2011

Book Review: Citrus: A History by Pierre Laszlo

Citrus: A History by Pierre Laszlo is a weird book. The first two sections contain detailed information about the species, spread, and cultivation of citrus around the world. The third section contains chapters like "Symbolic Meanings of Citrus" and "Image of Citrus in Poetry," which I didn't find terribly engaging.... Read more →

Making Sugar from Cane and Beets

In the continuing study of sugar, today we'll look at how sugar is made today. According to, this is how sugar is made from either beets or cane. For sugar cane: ❧ Grinding the cane to extract the juice; ❧ Boiling the juice until the syrup thickens and crystallizes;... Read more →