I asked, and you answered.
And, Jenny was right. I’m trixy.
The truth is, there is no commercially available crystallized raw sugar. Anywhere.
Here’s what was in the photos!
OPTION 1: Florida Crystals Organic Evaporated Cane Juice
OPTION 2: Sucanat
OPTION 3: Turbinado Brown Sugar
OPTION 4: Sugar in the Raw
The closest thing to raw sugar is Option #2, Sucanat.
Sucanat, like Rapadura and (most) Muscovado is evaporated can juice that hasn’t had the molasses removed.
The folks who make Rapadura harvest the sugar cane by hand, and they go to great lengths to compost/recycle the unused plant parts. Sucanat uses machines to harvest the cane, and they don’t advertise what they do with the waste. (They may recycle it, but they don’t come right out and say so.)
These unrefined, natural sweeteners have all the vitamins and minerals present from molasses. So, yay!
But they are not truly “raw.”
The definition of a “raw” food is that it isn’t heated above 118F. Unfortunately, all so-called “raw sugars” are heated as parted of their extraction process.
BEWARE OPTIONS 1, 3, & 4! They aren’t truly natural sweeteners.
Unlike truly natural sweeteners, these sugars are all refined.
Actual unrefined can juice will look like Option 2, or be packed into cakes that easily crumble.
Finally, you may want to read: Are Natural Sweeteners Good For You?
What about you? Do you use any of these so-called raw sugars?