A Northem plant
The sugar beet is part of the beta vulgaris family, which also contains Swiss chard, red beet and mangel-wurzel, which is used mainly as cattle feed. Focus on efficient farming.
Natural extraction process
The sugar stored inside the plant is formed through a process of photosynthesis. In order for it to reach the consumer it must be extracted from the plant. Producing table sugar is about extraction rather than manufacture.
Sugar harvest in Reunion
Although the island of Reunion makes us think of a tropical holiday paradise, local agriculture is primarily devoted to the growing of sugar cane. As the sugar harvest gets into full swing, we visit France’s leading sugar cane producing area.