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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Muscovado Sugar

Muscovado sugar is used like brown sugar
Muscovado sugar is also called Barbados sugar, molasses sugar or moist sugar.  The term "muscovado" is actually an English corruption of the Spanish azúcar mascabado or the Portuguese açúcar mascavado, meaning sugar of the lowest quality or lowest value. The name and meaning is tied to the state of sugar production and markets of the late 18th to earliest 19th century, when sugar that had been less refined was considered an inferior product by the industry; thus muscovado meant literally a low quality sugar that was poorly drained of its molasses.

Sugar was a major commodity imported by the British from its colonies in the West Indies, Mauritius and India, also Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.  It was typically refined in Glasgow or London.

In a vessel which left Barbadoes in 1661, the "Charles" of Southton, there were among the consignments for Virginia, six hogsheads of bay salt.  In some instances these consignments were restricted to sugar, rum and molasses.  How large they were is illustrated in the case of William Byrd.  On one occasion Byrd obtained from this island 1200 gallons of rum, 5000 pounds of muscovado sugar, three tons of molasses, 200 pounds of ginger and one case of lime-juice.  Source: Records of Lancaster County, vol. 1666-1682, p. 31; Records of Rappahannock County vol. 1656-1664, p. 274.

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