Muscovado is a dark-brown unrefined sugar extracted from boiled sugar cane by centrifuging. English borrowed the term in the seventeenth century from the Portuguese phrase açucar mascavado, ‘unrefined sugar’. The Portuguese verb mascavar, ‘adulterate’ came from a probable Vulgar Latin minuscapare, ‘make less’. The English form muscovado no doubt comes from unconscious association with such words as muscovy and muscatel.
Muscovado is sometimes also called Barbados sugar.
Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.