Hailing from Hawaii, packaged sugarcane stalks are now sold in some specialty produce markets. Also called sugarcane batons and sticks, these stalks have been boiled to make them edible. They should be stored, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator. Though sweet, sugarcane contains only about one-fifth the amount of sugar found in most candies. It's generally used as a snack or garnish. To use, strip the light brown skin away from the white flesh, then cut into chunks or strips.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.