Botanical Name: Cocos Nucifera
Granulated sugar from the coconut tree blossom
Sourced both from Sri Lanka and Indonesia, where coconut sugar and coconut nectar are both used as the main natural sweeteners for the local population and provide sustainable income to many families.
A genuine delicacy, this natural low GI sweetener is obtained from the nectar of the coconut palm blossom. Producers climb up each individual tree and “tap” the flowers to collect the nectar twice a day. Typically a farmer can collect nectar from 30 to 50 trees a day yielding an average of 15kg of coconut sugar per producer family or 450 kg per month.
Coconut sugar is a great alternative sweetener for people who are sensitive to fructuose since it is mostly composed of sucrose and it is rich in vitamins and minerals. The flavour is sweeet and resembles a bit of molasse.
Coconut palm trees benefit the ecosystem by restoring damaged soil and requiring very little water. Coconut tree farming produce more sugar per hectare than sugar cane (50-75% more) while using less than 20% of the soil nutrients and water for that high level of production.
Coconut sugar contains over 16 amino acids and four different B vitamins. It is a source of iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc.