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HAND IN HAND – Assukkar/ Costa Rica


The Ortuño family operates the ASSUKKAR sugar cane plantation in Costa Rica. For many years, the Ortuños have supported their workers by paying substantially higher wages than other sugar cane producers in the region. Additional social benefits are a medical care system for the workers and their families and the financial support of schoolchildren.
Rafael works for Assukkar
Rafael works for Assukkar
Rafael works for Assukkar

The special cultivation of organic sugar cane


Sugar cane
Sugar cane
Sugar cane
Sugar cane delivery in Assukar
Sugar cane delivery in Assukar
Sugar cane delivery in Assukar
Sugar cane pressing
Sugar cane pressing
Sugar cane pressing

Improving soil fertility 


Organic sugar cane is grown in crop rotation with beans, fallow land or greenland. Generally, the sugar cane stays on the field for around 7 years. The integration of green manure and livestock manure allows for a better nutrient cycling in the soil and improves both soil fertility and the health of the sugar cane plant.

Sugar cane harvest


The harvest time depends on the sugar content and the degree of plant maturity. Here, in Assukar, the two meter tall sugar cane plants are cut by hand rather than being burned down as is the case in conventional sugar cane cultivation. The stalks are cut directly above soil level and just below the sugarless leaves. The leaves are mulched on the field and serve as protection against soil erosion and as green manure.

This harvest procedure regenerates the soil and protects animals and the environment. The stalk stubbles sprout again and after 12 months the next harvest can be brought in.

Gentle processing


Sugar cane is pressed and the resulting sugar cane juice (a popular cold drink) gets concentrated through evaporation. The concentrated juice is stirred until the mass crystallizes. In the end, the crystals are ground to sugar. The entire processing is very gentle so that the valuable sugar cane minerals are preserved.
 

Recipes with Rapadura whole cane sugar


Sweet crepes
Sweet crepes
Coffee Crumble Cake with Hazelnuts and Chocolate
Coffee Crumble Cake with Hazelnuts and Chocolate
raspberry dream
raspberry dream
Samba tonka pudding
Samba tonka pudding
Mirabelle chutney with bay leaf
Mirabelle chutney with bay leaf
Up-Side Down Plum Cake
Up-Side Down Plum Cake
Brazil nut cake with apricots
Brazil nut cake with apricots
Carob Pudding
Carob Pudding
Maize semolina mash with almond oil and blueberries
Maize semolina mash with almond oil and blueberries
Almond Tiramisu
Almond Tiramisu
Buttermilk waffles with breakfast porridge Ayurveda
Buttermilk waffles with breakfast porridge Ayurveda
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts
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