History Pure sugar cane was once the only source of granulated sugar, but during the Napoleonic Wars the supply was cut off so sugar beets became a source. Identification Granulated sugar is often called table sugar. Size Granulated white sugar has fine to medium crystals, and is the sugar most often used in recipes. Geography Sugar cane plants grow in tropical areas. The sugar is from the plant above ground. Considerations Some cooks prefer pure cane sugar because they believe it melts and smells better. Theories/Speculation Other cooking experts say granulated sugar from sugar beets is the same quality due to modern refining.