Things to Do In Al Minya
Visit Molasses Making Small Factories in Ashomonien
It is hard to find a house anywhere in the world that doesn’t have sugar in the pantry, but in Egypt, molasses is the number one sweet treat. This is particularly true of Upper Egypt (the southern half of the country), the site of many sugar cane plantations. Also referred to as black treacle, molasses is formed as a byproduct of refining sugar cane.
Here at Al Menya you can enjoy seeing the historical site of Al Ashmonien and then you can sneak into one of those nearby small factories that produce Molasses according to very old tradition as they boil the sugarcane juice in a very large stone vats where they keep stirring it till it turns into a delicious Molasses like no other product anywhere in Egypt.
Cheaper than honey, but packed with calories, the sticky sweet molasses is a staple for Egyptian families. But it also has other applications.
Used in beauty products, such as hair strengtheners, and in pastries and sweets, molasses is said to be a natural cough suppressant, and also wards off anemia and indigestion.
Sadly, sugar cane production has declined in recent years as more farmers are using their land for more profitable crops, yet molasses remains in rich demand.
While regular refined sugar has repeatedly shown itself to be a natural enemy of the body, black treacle is one of the few sweeteners that have nutritional benefits. It is a source of iron and calcium and also contains potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and selenium.
You can buy a small jar here and try it yourself. You won’t regret it. I bet you will if you do not.