Step 1. Collecting the sap of coconut palm buds.
The flowers of the palm are scored so as the sap flows into the containers (usually made from bamboo) which are placed underneath them If the flowers are scored on a daily basis then the sap usually flows constantly for 30 to 40 days.
Step 2. Heating the sap and water evaporation.
The sap which has been collected is poured into huge woks and boiled so as the water evaporates. The sap must be fresh and not fermented Boiling changes the colour from semi-transparent to dark brown.
Step 3. Loose coconut sugar is obtained by further boiling.
Coconut sugar is heated until it changes into a loose brown substance.
|One palm tree may give about 288 litres of sap a year! However, after this, a little rest is required. A coconut palm needs about 3 to 4 months to regenerate itself..|
Coconut sugar is not only available in loose form; it can also be bought as syrup or as coconut paste. Coconut sugar is also available in cubes.
Coconut sugar is rich! It has many nutrients and a tempting caramel flavour. It does not contain any artificial additives. This sugar really fortifies.