Cane Sugar (5)
Several species of Saccharum or cane sugar are found in Southeast Asia and neighboring islands, and from these cultivated cane probably originated. The sweet juice and crystallized sugar were known in China and India some 2500 years ago. Sugar cane reached Mediterranean countries in the eighth century A.D., and reached the Americas in early colonial times. In India, between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the Persians, followed by the Greeks, discovered the famous "reeds that produce honey without bees". Sugar cane is the source of sugar in all tropical and subtropical countries of the world.