Global Post | 7/17/2009 12:00:00 AM
Panela in the Mornings
Jul 17--Colombia is the world’s No. 2 producer of panela — a sweetener that tastes like a cross between molasses and brown sugar.
Though Colombia stands as the world’s No. 2 producer of panela after India, the industry remains rustic. Peasant farmers with just a few acres of sugar cane can build small mills and turn out tons of panela. About 300,000 Colombian families earn a living producing panela, making it the second leading source of jobs in the countryside after coffee.
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