The sugar’s crops in al-Andalus

“…A number of exotic crops had to be grown under irrigation, acclimatising them for the first time or re-establishing them. This was the case with sugar cane (qasab al-sukkar), which had been introduced early on and had spread from Valencia to the mouth of the Guadalquivir; but towards the end of the Islamic presence in Spain (with the Moriscos), it was only cultivated in the districts of Motril, Vélez-Málaga and Almuñécar, alternating with bananas. In these areas, a suitable habitat was gradually created and still exists today”.

From the book: El enigma del agua en al-Andalus, by Cherif Abderrahman Jah. Published by Lunwerg

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