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Sugar — today the bane of dieters and diabetics alike — was once a luxury which could only be imported from India. Extensive trade links with India soon allowed the Muslim Abbasids to experiment with sugarcane and by the onset of the Middle Ages proper, sugarcane was being cultivated in the wettest parts of the Islamic realm, with Baghdad and Cairo being the centres of the sugar industry. The Cornaro clan, the Venetian rulers of Cyprus, grew wealthy from selling sugar to Christian Europe.

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