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YELLOW GAL CANE SYRUP, POWELL FAMILY FARM,
SWAINSBORO, GA

I have the good fortune of knowing the Powell family in Emanuel County, GA. Their daughter, Jocelyn, and I met as kids in the 4-H club and have remained good friends ever since. Jocelyn’s dad, Ruskin Powell, grows yellow gal sugar cane on his farm and makes syrup each fall. A traditional southern ingredient, cane syrup is great on pancakes and biscuits, and makes a really nice glaze for ham. I liken it to southern maple syrup.

I’ve loved using Powell cane syrup on fresh pineapple, reminiscent of a dish I had in Barcelona. More recently, it’s been the base for a vinaigrette served with a salad of beets, frisee and blue cheese.