From the harvest, the tips and leaves are
separated from the stems. The stems will then be
crushed to remove the sucrose-rich sap and
obtain the dry residue, called "bagasse". The
tips and leaves are, depending on the client,
crushed into thin fibers, or just discarded.
This last option however is becoming less
common, as it is increasingly noticed that, just
like bagasse, they can be also valuable sources
of cellulosic ethanol.