The world of sugar is a fascinating one dotted with an array of white and brown varieties - some more processed than others – and examples with fancy names reminiscent of sugar cane fields in the Caribbean. Then there is the grandfather of them all: black sugar.
Black sugar is having its day in the sun, with trendy shops across Asia selling everything from black sugar boba tea and lattes, to confections dusted with powdered black sugar. Curious to explore this trend? Here is the lowdown of everything you need to know about black sugar.
What is Black Sugar?
The term black sugar primarily refers to Okinawa black sugar. Also known as Japanese black sugar, it is produced in some of the islands that make up the Okinawa prefecture off Japan’s southern coast.
One of the most sought-after types of black sugar is the one handcrafted on Hateruma Island. It is sold in powdered form yet still retains all of the robust flavours of traditional Okinawa black sugar.
This dark-hued treat is valued for its rich, intense caramel flavour and trace mineral content. It is a prized ingredient that dates back to the 17th century.