Pieces of sugar cane are chewed for their sugary syrup, and are a popular street food in South Asia. This was the original use of sugar cane - sugar extraction came later. Traditional methods are still used to produce characteristic Indian sugars such as gur.
Plant a cane
Look for fresh sugar cane in food shops - you can grow a piece on your window sill.
Jams and jellies
Sugar is an excellent preservative - hence its use in jam.
A controversial plant
Sugar cane has been at the centre of bitter disputes over its role in health, European Union sugar subsidies and the transatlantic slave trade. It provided the original incentive for European expansion and colonisation which has shaped the world forever.