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WHAT IS PALM SUGAR?

     Palm sugar is a natural sweetener made from the sap of PALM TREES.

     When the palms are from 15 to 20 years old they commence flowering and it is only then

that they yield the sweet sap from which palm sugar is made.

     Palm neera tappers have to be extremely agile to shin up palm trees with only a circle

of rope around their ankles for support. The sap flows when the inflorescence is tapped

but first it must be beaten (gently) with a mallet for a couple of days. A small slice is taken

off the end and a receptacle (usually an earthenware pot or gourd) hung close to the cut to

collect the sap each night. The sap is known as 'sweet toddy' and for those lucky enough to

be around when this is brought in, has a taste of ambrosia. The fresh sweet palm neera is

boiled down shortly after collection to make palm syrup and palm sugar. If this is not done,

within a few hours the 'sweet toddy' ferments into a sour, potent brew called toddy,

a very intoxicating drink. It is the 'cheap grog' of tropical lands and is not fit to drink the next day.

 

     To concentrate the nectar into solid sugar, the fresh juice is boiled down and evaporated

before being poured into bamboo sections to form cylindrical shapes, or into coconut

shells so they emerge as large shallow hemispheres, or into small baskets woven of palm leaves.

In this form, the sugar has to be scraped or chipped from the rather hard block. This gur, as it is

called in India, or jaggery as it is known in Sri Lanka and Burma, gula melaka in Malaysia or

gula jawa in Indonesia, is used on a daily basis in these countries as a sweetener.There is no

identical Western counterpart, but there are substitutes which give a reasonable flavour likeness.

Palm sugar is sold in rounded cakes, cylinders, blocks or large plastic or glass jars.

This sugar, even when soft, can be extremely dense and very sticky.

     This Palmyra Palm Sugar is the only known plant generated natural source of Vitamin B12. 


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