Set back on the hillside overlooking Frigiliana, is what is believed to be the only working Miel de Caña (sugar cane syrup) factory left in Europe. The El Ingenio Nuestra Señora del Carmen has been producing Miel de Caña for more than 300 years and in 2012 produced 300,000 kilos of the syrup, an increase of 3% over the previous year.

Most (90%) of the factory’s products are sold in Spain, through agreements with major supermarket chains such as Eroski, Carrefour, Auchan, Day and Mercadona, with a small percentage exported to other European countries.

The manufacturers claim that there are many health benefits from eating Miel de Caña. It is high in fructose, glucose and sucrose, which are easily assimilated by the body, as well as vitamins and minerals and is a natural remedy for anemia and other health problems.
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