Panocha or Muscovado refers to a sugarcane product traditionally produced and marketed as halved-coconut shell shaped. Muscovado which is called the "healthy sugar" is a moist brown natural sugar derived from sugar canethru a chemical- free extraction process. Philippine government translated Panocha as a class of Muscovado sugar. The country produced four (4) types of Muscovado, namely: (1) Class A (golden brown) (2) Class B (brown) (3) Class C (wood brown) (4) Panocha For almost a century, processing sugarcane into Panocha or Muscovado is a backyard industry in some provinces in the Philippines. Many families in these villages survived economic difficulties relying on the Panocha production as primary source of income to support basic necessities which includes children’s education which is very important for the Filipinos Handed down from generations, the processing of Panocha went on with the traditional method of crushing cane poles with wooden roller and a carabao as power source until farmers mechanized their operation. tradition of producing halved-coconut shell shaped Panocha. Moreover, Panocha also refers to a sweet Filipino delicacy made from sugar cane. It lookes like a flat disk of solid dark crystallized brown sugar studded with peanuts. In Iloilo province this candied peanuts is called Bandi, Bandi Mani. A side business drawn from the production of Muscovado From the Spanish panocha, meaning a coarse grade of brown Mexican sugar. Also spelled panuche in certain Spanish-speaking areas. Panocha is also spelled Panutsa or Panotsa

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