Muscovado sugar is a type of partially refined to unrefined sugar with a strong molasses content and flavor. It is technically considered either a non-centrifugal cane sugar or a centrifuged, partially refined sugar according to the process used by the manufacturer. The largest producer and consumer of muscovado is India. Total global production is 10 to 11 million tons annually by 20 nations. The largest producer is India (58%), then Colombia (14%), Myanmar (9%), Pakistan (6%), Brazil (4%), Bangladesh (3%) and China (3%).
Muscovado contains higher levels of various minerals than processed white sugar which makes it healthier.
- Total mineral salts 740 mg max.
- Phosphorus (P) 3.9 mg max.
- Calcium (Ca) 85 mg max.
- Magnesium (Mg) 23 mg max.
- Potassium (K) 100 mg max.
- Iron (Fe) 1.3 mg max.
- Calories 383 kCal
The main uses are in food and confectionery, and as a sweetener in hot beverages. It is very dark brown and is slightly coarser and stickier than most brown sugars. Muscovado takes its flavor and color from its source, sugarcane juice. It offers good resistance to high temperatures and has a reasonably long shelf life. It also makes good use in the manufacture of rum and other forms of alcohol.