What makes your morning coffee so good? Or your favorite dessert so sweet? It's SUGAR. But have you ever stopped and thought about where it comes from? Derived from sugarcane, granulated sugar as we know it goes through a multi-step process before landing on grocery store shelves. Did you know Louisiana has been the largest producer of the nation's sugar since 1795?
Originally brought to Louisiana in the late 1600's the first attempts to produce thriving crops of sugar cane were unsuccessful due to the incorrect strain being planted, cold weather and a short planting season. In 1795, Etienne de Bore and an expert sugar maker from Santo Domingo produced the largest profiting crop of sugar cane, netting $12,000. And from here the sugar cane industry was born in Louisiana.