Sugar Cane and Dad Pilliner

*NOTE: This Post is in memory of the father of two of the Jamaican Daughters of ‘Our Favorite Jamaican Recipes’Over the years, Sugar Cane has meant different things to different people in Jamaica:
► Wealth to 18th century Europeans after they discovered how much Sugar changed and enhanced the taste of their food;
► Slavery to the Africans who became essential to working the sugar plantations and processing plants;
► Indentured labor to the Chinese and East Indians who were brought to the island to work the plantations after slavery was abolished;
► An essential ingredient to cooks and bakers who used Molasses;
► Fuel and material to the manufacturers who used Bagasse (the fibrous dry material left over after the juice was squeezed out);
► Fun and ruin to the consumers of the ever popular Rum; and
► To the Pilliner children (two daughters and one son), Sugar Cane meant sitting around with our parents, enjoying the cane that Dad peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces. We would gather around him while chewing on the pieces of cane, swallowing the delicious juice, and listening to him tell “old time” stories or whistle a merry tune. But, the most telling part of this memory is that Dad did not particularly like eating cane, he just peeled it because he knew we all loved it and he enjoyed it vicariously through us.
Fittingly, one of our “cane” man’s first jobs was as a machinist at Frome, a large sugar cane processing plant in the south-western parish of Westmoreland.
Thank you, Dearest Dad, for this and many, many other happy memories.

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