Karimbu Juice: Sugarcane Juice

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During summer months in Kerala my hometown there are various fruit juices that are available to beat the heat. Most common is tender coconut water, watermelon juice and sugarcane juice. Then there is Pineapple juice, Nonku (Ice apple, Palmyra palm fruits or toddy palm fruits). Appa used to buy this karimbu juice/Sugarcane juice for us. Since I don’t have a particular machine to extract the juice of Sugarcane in my home, I used my trusted blender to make this juice.

When I was shopping for ingredients to make Ponche naviendo/Mexican Christmas fruit punch, I found my local Fiesta store was selling large sugarcane sticks. I bought one big one, I needed only 4 inch piece for punch, and with the rest I made this delicious juice. Sugarcane is pressed to make sugarcane juice. It is consumed as beverage in  Southeast Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Brazil.

In my home town, sugarcane juice is extracted along with that of small pieces of ginger and lemon or lime. According to Wikipedia, sugar cane juice  often added ingredients like  a squeeze of lemon or lime (in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, India), pineapple (Brazil), passionfruit, ginger ( Zanzibar, India) or ice. Some time sugarcane juice is also served with black salt or mint.

This sugarcane juice is mainly sold by street vendors. Due to its high sugar content, it is rich in calories.Sugarcane, or Sugar cane, is a tall perennial true grasses of the genus Saccharum, tribe Andropogoneae, native to the warm temperate to tropical regions of South Asia. Brazil is the largest producer of Sugarcane, followed by India, China, Thailand, Pakistan and Mexico.

When raw, sugarcane is a naturally low – cholesterol, low-sodium food that contains no saturated fats.. Sugarcane juice is the part of the plant that is actually consumed or sucked out, as whole sugarcane is very fibrous. Sugarcane juice has a glycemic index of 43, which, according to the American Diabetes Association, makes sugarcane a low-glycemic food. Sugarcane — whether in sugar, syrup or juice form — is a good substitute for refined white sugar, although sugarcane should still be eaten sparingly. The reason sugarcane has a low glycemic index is because sugars derived from plants are processed in your liver, not your small intestine. This means that the sugars from sugarcane — fructose and glucose — are more slowly absorbed than sucrose, thus reducing the likelihood of blood sugar level spikes. Read more from here. Sugar cane juice contains only 15% of sugar and the rest is water with vitamins and minerals. Sugarcane is rich in calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.  It also contains iron and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, plus a high concentration of phytonutrients (including chlorophyll), antioxidants, proteins, soluble fiber and numerous other health supportive compounds.  Working synergistic, these nutrients provide a supremely health-promoting food which as it helps  in fighting cancer, stabilizing blood sugar levels in diabetics, assisting in weight loss, reducing fevers, clearing the kidneys, preventing tooth decay, and a host of other health benefits. Here is the video shows about how extract sugarcane juice using a machine.

Since I don’t have one at home, I try to cut them into small pieces then removed all the thick skin and then extracted juice with addition of little water, ginger and lemon juice. Then finally drain them and served with ice. If you can get hold of these delicious natures treat and make this. You will love it. I can assure that.  Here comes the recipe.

Karimbu Juice: Sugarcane Juice

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Serves: 2 serving

Delicious homemade sugarcane juice with ginger and lemon
  • 1 Big pieces of Sugar cane
  • ½ of one lemon
  • ½ inch ginger
  • ¼ cup water
  1. First cut the big pieces of sugar cane into small pieces, then peel the thick skin along the nodes.
  2. Then cut again into small pieces again.
  3. In a blender add this small pieces along with ginger, lemon juice and water. Then blend everything well for 3 minutes.
  4. Using a strainer strain the sugar cane juice, squeeze well to get entire juice.
  5. Enjoy with or without ice.
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  1. says

    Karumbu juice is something I can die for! I absolutely love it and like you mentioned the little acidity goes a long way. I have been seeing the karumbu in my local supermarket for a while. Now that you mentioned you used the blender, i am going to try it…

  2. Uma says

    Reminds me of some good old summer days. We used to get large number of karimbu here but never thought of making this juice at home since extracting the juice from it is difficult. I am going to make this at home similar way you used your blender.

  3. says

    I’d love to taste fresh sugar cane! I bet it is really good! I see it in the store sometimes but never knew what to do with it or how to get the sugar out. The juice looks so refreshing and delicious!