The most genuine sweetener in Axarquía
Sugar cane was, until the 1980s, the most important crops in the province of Málaga. Popularly known as sweet cane, sugar was extracted from it in the several sugar mills there were in the coast of Málaga. It was grown next to the coast and, because of that, its production represented a problem to town-planning interests. When Spain joined the European Union, its crop was practically erradicated, excedpt from some locations in Axarquía and the Tropical Coast of Granada. Besides the sugar, this plan offers some other products, like sugar cane juice and cane honey. The first one is barely used today, except for crafting artisanal beer in Axarquía. The second one, however, is one of the msot famous products in this eastern region. Today, cane honey is linked to the village of Frigiliana.
In fact, they continue to produce this honey in the only factory specialised in this product in Europe. They refuse to stop making the sweeter cane, which was introduced more than a thousand years ago by the Arabs.
One of the reasons why this product survives is its versatility in the kitchen. In fact, cane honey is used in the cuisin from Axarquía and the rest of the province. It can be used as a dressing for cod omelettes, fried aubergine and even meat dishes. It is used to create a wide variety of desserts (puddings, yogurts) or even drinks and smoothies. It is used in pastry making to use arropía, torrijas, sponge cakes, pies, sweet potato preserves, borrachuelos, flor de piñoneta or cookies, among other sweets. Since 2013, the Day of the Honey Cane is celebrated in Frigiliana, a celebration that wants to boost the value of this product. In order to do that, there are cane juice and cane honey tastings, guided visits to the sugar mill and showings of the treataments done to the sugar cane.