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Ceará - From sugar-cane to rapadura
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Sugar-cane has been part of the local culture eversince the Portuguese set foot here in the early 16th century. These pictures shows the processing of sugar-cane and production of "rapadura", i.e. sugar loaves, in a traditional mill. When we last visited the place in December 2002, a couple of such mills were still in operation at Pindoretama, about 80 km East of Fortaleza. However, "rapadura", once a basic ingredient of local cuisine, tends to be replaced with industrially processed white sugar. Therefore, these "engenhos", as they're called, tend to disappear due to the fast-paced modernization of the Cearense society.