TM4298 : Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris)

taken 10 months ago, near to Thurlton, Norfolk, Great Britain

Sugar beet  (Beta vulgaris)
Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris)
For a wider view of this location see > LinkExternal link. Sugar beet is a form of beet of the amaranth family (Amaranthaceae). Its juice contains high levels of sucrose and is second only to sugarcane as the major source of the world’s sugar. The beets are grown from seed. Long before it was valued for its sugar content, sugar beet was grown as a garden vegetable and for fodder. Sugar was produced experimentally from beets in Germany in 1747 by chemist Andreas Marggraf, but the first beet-sugar factory was built in 1802 in Silesia (now Poland). When the British blockade cut off the French empire's raw cane sugar supply from the West Indies in 1811, Napoleon became interested in the process and 40 beet-sugar factories were established in France under his influence. Beet-sugar production increased rapidly throughout Europe and by 1880 the tonnage had overtaken that of cane sugar. Beet sugar now accounts for almost all sugar production in the European Union and for about one-fifth of the total world production.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 24 September, 2017
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 4237 9819 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.6573N 1:34.3025E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 4236 9818
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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