On a sweet note

Sugar cane field
Sugar is known for its energizing and uplifting properties. It remains an essential component of the Mauritian lifestyle after being a major economic pillar.
Introduced on the island by the Dutch in the 17th century, sugar cane cultivation grew under the French occupation. Plantations flourished throughout the island, supported by sugar mills flanked by stone chimneys. When driving around, you can come across many of them still dotting the Mauritian landscape.
Sugar tradition under the colonial era has seen the times of slaves working in plantations, and then the arrival of Indian immigrants as new labour. Under British occupation, the sugar industry maintained its dominance until the independence of the island and throughout decades, while evolving with economic diversification and centralization. Today, sugar cane has also become a source of energy for thermal power stations and is used in ethanol production.
Sugar has thus accompanied the shaping of the Mauritian population at all stages. This adventure's episodes are told through a museum that is dedicated to this commodity and its endearing traditions.

Nowadays, the Mauritian sugar industry is also reputed for its special sugars that are prized in Europe's high-end restaurants and delicatessens. Besides the well-known "Demerara" and "Muscovado", two varieties are unique to our island: the " Light Soft Brown" - with fine grain and soft texture, ideal for exotic recipes- and the "Coffee Crystal" with large golden granules that melt slowly in coffee and are much appreciated by connoisseurs.

Sugar still plays a special role in Mauritian traditions and gastronomy. When taking a walk on the waterfront, you will surely enjoy some fangourin, the pure cane juice that you can taste in its natural flavour or served as a cocktail with ginger, pineapple or lime. On the shop racks you will find a range of local sugar confectionery as well as appetising gift packs to spoil your loved ones with a sweet tooth.