Brown Sugar is a crystallized coarse sugar with a typical brown color, due to the presence of (sugarcane) molasses (up to 10%). Natural Brown Sugar, or whole cane sugar, or unrefined cane sugar, is produced from the first crystallization of the sugar cane. For example, muscovado, or mascobado, sugar. a very dark brown unrefined sugar.
Thanks to its water content, Brown sugar has a slightly lower caloric value than white sugar. Depending on the tipe and the molasses content, it can be a good a source of minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and iron.
Recipes with brown sugar are mainly used in eastern cuisines. In western countries, the best-known recipes are apple pie and pumpkin muffins.