Coconut blossom juice and its many uses. One of them is the concentration of unfermented coconut blossom juice into coconut blossom sugar(organic coconut sugar)
I also brought a sampling of some of my favorite (top secret) (but not anymore) ingredients from Europe - Amanpana's hot cocoa mix and matcha blend, gula java coconut sugar and my favorite spice blend on planet earth, their ORAC-botanico mix that adds the most incredible flavor and boost of nutrition to every dish imaginable. They're finally available in the USA - très exciting!Rebecca Leffler, author, journalist &consultant about healthy food & lifestyle, Long time fan of the Amanprana products, New York, USA
Coconut blossom juice or nectar is called Toddy. It is the juice from both female and male coconut blossom. A small piece of the blossom is cut off each day. After mild fermentation, its juice can be sold as "Tuba", a crude coconut wine with 4-6% alcohol content, as vinegar (after further fermentation), or as "lambanog", a distilled wine with an alcohol content of 24 to 25%. In its virgin unfermented state, however, it serves to produce powdered or crystal coconut blossom sugar, or syrup.
Coconut blossom sugar is perfect for use in confectionery and cooking.
Coconut blossom sugar (a type of palm sugar, deliberately chosen by Amanprana) is a perfect substitute for cane or beet sugar in a 1:1 ratio. It has a low melting point and a high flash point: perfect for confectionery. Coconut blossom sugar (organic coconut sugar) also fully dissolves in water or humid dough, leaving no traces. That is because it is a concentrated juice. Its low glycemic index and high antioxidant value makes it highly suitable for diabetics and for anyone who wants to watch their figure: it hardly provokes food cravings thanks to a stable sugar level. Amanprana coconut blossom sugar has a lovely flavour and is healthy, its GI levels are low and its antioxidant levels high (high ORAC); it is environmentally friendly and recognised as the most sustainable sugar by the FAO.
Palm sugar has many names, such as jaggery and kitul Amanprana uses the juice of the Cocos Nucifera blossom.
In Africa, the juice is produced by date palm trees such as the Silver Date (Phoenix Silvestris), the Palmyra, the Jaggery Palm (Caryota Urens) and the African Oil Palm tree (Elaeis Guineese), but also by Raffia, Kithul and Nipa Fruticans palm trees (mangrove palm trees). In Indonesia and South Asia, the juice comes from the coconut palm tree (Cocos Nucifera) and palmyra trees such as the Arecaceae, Arenga Pinnata and Borassus. The Lala palm tree (Hyphaena coriacea) is the producer in Mozambique and in Congo it is the oil palm tree, raffia palm tree, coconut palm tree or the short palm tree (Savannah palm tree). The basis is usually the blossom juice supplied by each palm tree. Concentration is done over a wood fire; sometimes an oven, designed by "Gret" (ngo) for rice bran, is used. Sugar names are often intermingled, but each palm basically yields a different kind of sugar. In addition, the word "jaggery" is also used to describe concentrated cane sugar juice. Examples of palm sugar (cane sugar) names used through one another are: Birma: jaggery, tanyet; India: jaggery (raw cane sugar), gur (date palm sugar); Indonesia: gula jawa, gula java, gula aren; Malaysia: gula melaka; gula anau Sri Lanka: jaggery, kitul-hakuru, tal-hakuru, pol pani; Thailand: nam taan pep, nam taan bik, nam taan mapraow;
- Unrefined coconut blossom sugar
- Many antioxidants and minerals: including chromium and Inositol
- Low glycemic index of 35
- Most sustainable sugar according to the 'World Health Organisation.'