by Rena

A bag of sugar slumps on the cover of the book written by Elizabeth Abbott Sugar: A Bittersweet History or you may prefer to read Peter Macinnis’s earlier book Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar

Here’s a sketch of the adoption of sugar:

1000s+: mostly used in medicines, also sultans, caliphs [New Guinea crop] “A Persian visitor claimed that in 1040, the sultan’s bakers transformed 162,000 pounds of sugar into a life-sized tree and other sweet replicas.” — Sugar: A Bittersweet History

1400s+: Royals, nobles, knights [addition of Mediterranean crop]

1500s+: European merchant class. [addition of New World crop]

1600s+: working classes

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