Have you ever had sugarcane juice? I was at the El Tropico Cuban restaurant in Sunny Isles, FL last week and ordered fresh pressed yum, yum sugarcane juice. OMG, it was so refreshing that I immediately said my favorite words, “I can make this”, and so I did.
I was able to press the fresh cane through my Green Star juicer due to the grinding ability of the twin gear system. Sugarcane has a high fiber content within the stalk making it highly challenging to press. With the twin gears, I was able to juice the stalk in small batches.
Of course, a sugarcane press machine would be the perfect solution, but I don’t have one and I was thirsting for the flavor of sugarcane. If you have a centrifugal juicer, don’t bother, the juicer will not be able to press the stalk and will ruin your juicer. The pressing with the twin gear was challenging because the fiber constantly jammed the gears. This process took time; I would not recommend doing this daily for you will risk burning out the motor. However, as an occasional treat, it was worth the work for the palate and the nutritional value.
The nutritional value is unbelievable! Sugarcane is sugar in an unadulterated form. Who knew the unprocessed, unbleached product contains valuable nutrients i.e. calcium, phosphorus, iron. Also, has a low glycemic index, contains no simple sugar and is known to lessen the risk of diabetes. The juice is a delicious healer of sore throats, colds, and flu symptoms. Due to the alkalizing properties of the stalk, the cane is known to heal the body and fight cancer.
On a hot summer day sugarcane is the ideal choice to hydrate the body quickly when exposed to extreme heat and physical activity. The body refreshes and energizes from the carbohydrates. I know there are many women who are screaming because I mentioned carbohydrates. Don’t be fearful, sugarcane juice stabilizes the whole body and will not cause obesity. Instead the grass stalk may ignite excitement since it’s known to arouse the libido, it’s a natural aphrodisiac. For me, the juice is so delicious that I could not stop drinking, it’s orgasmic, so enjoy!
With the recipe below, I chose to add lemongrass for the soothing taste but you can add any flavor you wish or simply consume the juice as is. Did you notice in my picture the jar was half full? It’s because the juice is so delicious.
Sugarcane Lemongrass Juice
1 large sugarcane
2 lemon grass
Juice the sugarcane and lemongrass through your juice presser or twin gear juicer, strain and enjoy the delicious taste!