From Food to Biofuel: The Many Uses of Sugarcane

This is intermediate content, appropriate for learners who know about 2,500 words (TOCFL Level 3 / HSK 5).

The sugarcane industry in Taiwan dates back hundreds of years, and today it is common to see sugarcane juice being made fresh in markets and night markets around Taiwan. Sugarcane is also used to smoke meats, and people gnaw on chunks of raw sugarcane as a sweet snack. In more recent years, sugarcane has even been repurposed as a biofuel. In this intermediate level piece, which was written by 司恩, you can read all about how sugarcane is being consumed today.

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甘蔗


你吃過甘蔗嗎?甘蔗在全世界都是很重要的農作物,因為用甘蔗可以生產糖,而全球的糖有大約80%都是用甘蔗做的!如果你喜歡吃甜食或是喝甜的飲料,那甘蔗對你來說就更重要了。


在台灣,甘蔗也是常見的農作物,在台灣的中部、南部,常常都可以看到大片的甘蔗田。除了用來生產糖,人們也會在削皮之後直接吃甘蔗。或是,也可以用甘蔗來做各種料理。例如直接把甘蔗和食物放在一起煮,或是把甘蔗拿來燒,上面放雞肉或是鴨肉,做煙燻料理。當然,就像水果可以做果汁一樣,人們也會把甘蔗拿來做成甘蔗汁直接喝。


現在,因為科技的進步和人們對能源的需求提高,所以甘蔗除了生產糖或是當作食物,也有了新的用途:那就是把甘蔗變成燃料,用來提供新的能源。因為環保的問題,這種「生物燃料」在最近幾年也變得更重要了。也許很快甘蔗就不只可以拿來吃、拿來喝,就連我們開車都需要甘蔗了!



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甘蔗


你吃过甘蔗吗?甘蔗在全世界都是很重要的农作物,因为用甘蔗可以生产糖,而全球的糖有大约80%都是用甘蔗做的!如果你喜欢吃甜食或是喝甜的饮料,那甘蔗对你来说就更重要了。


在台湾,甘蔗也是常见的农作物,在台湾的中部、南部,常常都可以看到大片的甘蔗田。除了用来生产糖,人们也会在削皮之后直接吃甘蔗。或是,也可以用甘蔗来做各种料理。例如直接把甘蔗和食物放在一起煮,或是把甘蔗拿来烧,上面放鸡肉或是鸭肉,做烟熏料理。当然,就像水果可以做果汁一样,人们也会把甘蔗拿来做成甘蔗汁直接喝。


现在,因为科技的进步和人们对能源的需求提高,所以甘蔗除了生产糖或是当作食物,也有了新的用途:那就是把甘蔗变成燃料,用来提供新的能源。因为环保的问题,这种「生物燃料」在最近几年也变得更重要了。也许很快甘蔗就不只可以拿来吃、拿来喝,就连我们开车都需要甘蔗了!



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