Rapadura is also known as Sucanat. It is the least refined cane sugar available. The cane juice is extracted by a press and then that juice extraction is dried into a granule. Rapadura has not been heated or refined, it is simply spun to create crystals. As a result, Rapadura has a very heavy molasses flavor.
Nutrition: Because Rapadura is not heated, the vitamins and minerals have been retained. It also still has the natural balance of sucrose, glucose, and fructose, and contains components essential for its digestion. It is metabolized by the body more slowly than white sugar, and therefore will not affect your blood sugar levels very much at all. Per 100 g, rapadura contains up to 1,000 mg of potassium, 100 mg of magnesium, 110 mg of calcium, 100 mg of phosphorus, 1,200 IU of vitamin A and trace amounts of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and niacin.
Uses: Rapadura is available in crystal form. But, it can also be ground (in a blender or coffee grinder) to a fine powder. Ground, it is a great replacement for powdered sugar. Rapadura can be used cup for cup as an alternative to sugar in all your raw dishes.