Oh my that looks amazing. I've not had homemade sorghum sine I was a kid. Well a friend made some a couple years ago, it wasn't so good.
Did you grow up in a part of the country that grows sweet sorghum commercially? We are in Indiana and I have never actually seen it grown here, but I know they do in Kentucky, to the south of us.
Fascinating! I knew sorghum by name only and had to check the details from wikipedia. It does not grow in Finland. I suppose that either our growing season is too short or our summers here in South differ a lot from each other. For example, this year summer has been hot and long, with no significant cooler periods. Last year was a total opposite. I remember wearing wool socks in the house year round because our floors remained so cool, and that I wore a sundress only once or twice -and even then, not exactly out of necessity.I'm not sure about what's the story with sugar maple because that is not grown here, either. Maybe it's because it needs a more continental climate than what we have.As far as growing sweeteners goes, sugar beet can be grown, but I have never heard about anyone growing it non-commercially. In recent years, some folks have tried growing stevia in their backyard garden, and as far as I know, that works. The rest of us just have to content ourselves with the fact that our midnight sun does wonders in sweetening our many species of berries. For example, strawberries I have tasted while visiting in US (TX/California) have tasted sour and flavorless to me (no matter whether they have been served in a decent restaurant or I've felt curious while shopping at Whole Foods)...
Do people in your part of Finland ever keep honey bees? I have often wished I could do that. Many people do here. Growing sweet sorghum in Indiana is not as common as it is further south, such as in Kentucky, a neighbor state. I am so very pleased at how this worked out. As our energy permits, we will continue to grow it each year, I think. This was an experiment that turned out very well. That is interesting about how different the weather is where you live each year. Ours is never the same year to year, but we always have some hot weather. Sorghum needs 5 months of at least warm weather, and we usually do have that.Do you have any maple trees at all there?
Congratulations on your successful syrup making.
Thank you very much, Athanasia.