That sugar art was around in the 10th Century. The ancient Egyptians had sugar adorning their feast tables. 13th Century Arabs discovered the artistic values of sugar. England did not know sugar until around 1600 and it became common place up until around 1700. And sugar did not become common place in the US until around the 1800's.
Sugar is grown as sugar cane or beet sugar. The difference being that sugar cane the sugar is stored in the leaves of the plant, where as beet sugar it is stored in the roots of the plant.
It is even spoken of in the Old Testament in the book of Exodus. God fed the exiled Israelites with what was called "manna" it was like coriander seeds, white, and tasted like a wafer made from honey. Manna is the term referred to in the sugar rich sucretions of some trees and plants.
Want to know more read "On Food and Cooking" by Harold Mcgee. Its the dictionary of food science. If you cook you need this book!
Very interesting information! I love history and anything that has to do with the Bible You could call this thread "Everything you wanted to know about sugar but were afraid to ask"! lol
why not call this thread history of pulled sugar
On Food and Cooking should be in every cook's and baker's library.
Do you have What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained by Robert Wolke? Awesome book. Cookwise by Shirley Corriher rocks too.
Who knew there was so much to learn about an egg? LOL