Tom and I are not new to seeing peanuts in the shell so we didn't need a tutorial on how to eat them. But, neither one of us had ever tried sugarcane before so we had to ask what to do. One of the girls in the office, Shelly, taught us to just chew on the sugarcane but not actually eat it. She even claimed it was good for cleaning your teeth. Her statement made me curious about the benefits to eating sugarcane...so I turned to Google to investigate.
According to LIVESTRONG.com
Raw sugarcane has fewer calories than refined sugar and contains no saturated fat, cholesterol or sodium. Per teaspoon, raw sugarcane provides 2 percent of the daily value for carbohydrates needed for muscles and brain cells. Sugarcane's juice is a source of iron for the production of hemoglobin; B vitamins, especially niacin and B-6; and calcium, magnesium and phosphorus for strong bones and potassium, essential for the proper functioning of the body's cells, tissues and organs.
And the article goes on to say "that antioxidants in some sugarcane concentrates exceed that of many existing commercial antioxidant supplements and many natural foods including prunes and raisins".
I really love it that we enjoyed something fun to eat, lightly sweet, and that it is actually good for you.