Sweetles have become a staple in my kitchen. Their natural sugar not only makes my dishes delicious, but it's also sustainably sourced! What's not to love?
— 'Ma' Bonnie Appetit, Culinarian Explorer
Sweetles are small bettles commonly found in the Sugarcanaan Isles known for their raw sugar production.
General Location: The Sugarcanaan Isles
Parent Species: Beetle
Lifespan: 3-5 months
Average Size: 2-4 mm
Weight: .01 grams ounces
A Sweeter Beetle
Sweetles enjoy feasting on the sugar cane surrounding the Sugarcanaan Isles. Their unique digestive process converts the sugar cane into an ultra sweet, natural source of sugar which makes them a valuable ingredient in many dishes. They are considered a staple in most Culinarian kitchens and their popularity has only grown as the demand for sustainable ingredients has increased.
Sweetles are not just a source of natural sugar, but they also play a significant role in the ecosystem of the Sugarcanaan Isles. They help maintain the health of the sugar cane fields by pollinating the plants and breaking down dead plant material, enriching the soil.
A Tiny Treasure
Sweetles are a truly remarkable species, both for their ability to produce such exceptional sugar and for the fascinating way they go about doing it. Their life cycle is perfectly adapted to the sugar cane plants they feed on and their digestive process produces sugar untouched in flavor and quality. Studying these tiny insects has given us insight into the magic of nature and how it can be harnessed in our kitchens.
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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
Sustainable food source! And it's adorable! :D
Thank you! Hahahah love the lil sweetles <3