Coconut is the main ingredient in the majority of cuisines of inhabitants of coastal regions in India. Coconuts are used in various forms starting from grated fresh coconut, fresh coconut milk, and desiccated coconut as an ingredient in cooking. Cold pressed coconut oil is the traditional cooking medium and Coconut toddy and feni made from fermented coconut sap are also commonly used as part of many traditional food delicacies. A lot of us might have not heard about coconut Sugar. But it is widely used in Kerala to Goa, the Malabar, and Konkan coastal belts. It is quite distinct in its color, flavor, aroma, and shape and is made from traditionally tapped coconut sap.
HOW IS COCONUT SUGAR MADE?
Coconut sugar is also called as coconut jaggery, and coconut palm sugar. It is prepared by continuously boiling strained unfermented traditionally tapped coconut sap and transferring it into suitable molds. The semisolid jaggery solidifies gradually by the cooling effect of the atmosphere into a crystallized hard substance. The recovery of jaggery from sap is approximately 15%. The coconut jaggery powder is made by crystallizing the coconut jaggery. Coconut jaggery is considered a healthy alternative to cane sugar owing to various health benefits attributed to it. Coconut sugar tastes much sweeter than other forms of sugar.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT SUGAR:
FULL OF NUTRIENTS:
Coconut jaggery is a rich source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron and is known to have high anti-oxidant properties
COCONUT JAGGERY IS A LOW GI SUGAR:
A low GI (glycaemic index) food is slowly absorbed, preventing the spike in insulin levels.
TREATS COLD AND COUGH:
Coconut jaggery/ sugar is known to give relief from cold and cough.
When coconut jaggery is consumed regularly it helps the digestive system.
Coconut Sap Jaggery is made from the sap of coconut palm tree carefully collected and concentrated. The Sap is boiled over the moderate heat to concentrate. The final product is coconut palm sugar, which is caramel-coloured with unique flavor and tastes like sugarcane Jaggery.