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Friday, November 25, 2011
Short History of the Sugar Beet
I always associated sugar with sugar cane until I came to Europe, but sugar beets are a major source of sugar in the world, and taste good to boot. Surprisingly, it wasn't until 1747 that it was discovered that sugar could be derived from Beta vulgaris by a German chemist, Andreas Margraff. You can read more about the wonders of this beet root at this Univ. of Nebraska website.