Saw a great article on the shaping of many parts of Texas through sugar cane in the holiday issue of Edible Austin. Great read for fans of sweet history, even if it does leave out *ahem* a certain local sugar artisan.
The holiday season is upon us and—love it or hate it—sugar is a major component in seasonal culinary celebrations from Halloween through New Year’s Day. Regardless of what you think about sugar and its place in the modern diet, the fact remains that it’s played an enormous role in culinary, economic and political history. Food-science writer Harold McGee wrote, “This single plant species…had a remarkably wide-ranging influence on Western history.” Specifically in Texas, sugarcane has been a significant presence for a very long time.