Agriculture: molasses vs “local molasses”

Self-tutoring about US farming traditions: the tutor mentions “local molasses.”

Although we weren’t farmers, I grew up around it. A couple of times, local kids told me I didn’t have the stuff for farm life. Regardless, I absorbed the culture like a shirt hung on the line absorbs the spring scent. I continue to love farming, if only from afar.

Last week, when I read the phrase “local molasses”, written by a Kentuckian, I was intrigued. “Molasses comes from sugar cane, which they don’t grow in Kentucky,” I thought, “so what do they mean?”

Source plantSyrup
sugarcanemolasses
sorghumsorghum syrup aka sweet sorghum aka “local molasses”

Sweet sorghum is a grass that can grow over 12 feet tall. In the US it’s identified with the South, lead perhaps by Kentucky. From sweet sorghum cane, sugary juice can be pressed, then cooked down into “local molasses.”

I’ll follow up this post:)

Source:

www.uky.edu

americansorghum.com

seriouseats.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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