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That the word sugar comes from the Sanskrit word sarkara pebble.
The process for creating sugar by pressing out the sugarcane juice, and then boiling it to crystals, was developed in India around 500 BC. It was knows as, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the reed which gave honey without beesÃ¢â‚¬Â?. This crude form of sugar was called Ã¢â‚¬Å“gurÃ¢â‚¬Â? (sweet tasting)
While most of Europe was still using honey as the sweetener, it was the Arabs who introduced sugar to Europe in the middle ages, and later Columbus introduced it to the New World. It was in the 1700Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s that a German scientist developed the alternative to use sugar beets, instead of sugar cane.