According to Gandhi, coconut blossom sugar provides a way to solve the world's poverty, as an antidote against misery
"The juice of the coconut tree can be transformed into a sugar as soft as honey… Nature created this product such that it could not be processed in factories. Palm sugar can only be produced in palm tree habitats. Local populations can easily turn the nectar into coconut blossom sugar. It is a way to solve the world's poverty. It is also an antidote against misery." Gandhi 3.5.1939
Mahatma Gandhi largely experimented with food; it was important to him. His personal diet was vegetarian and consisted of 1 litre of goat's milk; 150g wheat and rice; 75g leaf vegetables; 125g other vegetables; 25g lettuce; 40g ghee and 40-50g coconut blossom sugar.
Own garden yields harvest and additional income for 2,000 families in Kulon Progo. Amanprana Fairworld coconut blossom sugar(organic coconut sugar)
For its coconut blossom sugar, Amanprana cooperates with Lestari Mandiri, Fairworld and Hivos. The Lestari association fights for the interests of small-scale farmers and their families in central Java. Hivos is a humanitarian organisation working towards a fair, free and sustainable world. The organisation also stands for equal opportunities. In the Kulon Progo province in central Java, the seat of one of Lestari's farmers associations, we also cooperate with Fairworld, who see to it that the harvesting and production process of our coconut blossom sugar (organic coconut sugar) are carried out according to organic and fair trade principles. Both are members of Organic Alliance, an organisation striving for more organic produce in Indonesia. Together we aim to provide an additional income for 2,000 families in Kulon Progo and to protect their habitat. The coconut trees in their gardens now yield their own harvest.
Working directly with these sugar tappers (sugar houses) guarantees an income for them and quality of our sugar for us. The sugar tappers' houses are equipped with a small kitchen where these micro-producers can continue the tradition of small-scale coconut blossom sugar (organic coconut sugar) production. Support from Hivos and Lestari assures a clean, contaminant-free working process as well as quality control. The money from cultivation, harvest and production thus remains within the local community. The NGOs Lestari and Hivos ensure transparency, quality control and social engagement. By leveraging on this combination we endeavour to almost double the income of our tappers. Coconut blossom sugar (organic coconut sugar) provides the easiest way to create a better life for the tappers and their families and to protect their habitat. An average family has 10 to 30 coconut palm trees. If harvested throughout the year, they can yield 18 to 54 tonnes of juice, or 2,500 to 7,500kg coconut blossom sugar. Harvesting usually occurs only 6 months per year.
Coconut blossom sugar recognised as most sustainable form of sugar by FAO.
(Food and agriculture organization, coconut blossom sugar is a type of palm sugar)
The World Bank Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO) has recognised coconut blossom sugar as the most sustainable type of sugar. The yield from coconut blossom sugar is considerably higher than from cane sugar and requires 20% less input. On top, the Cocos Nucifera (coconut palm tree) needs little water.
Amanprana coconut blossom sugar (organic coconut sugar) is produced by small-scale sugar tappers against fair prices. Both the farmers' association Lestari Mandiri and Amanprana provide these tappers access to world markets as well as social support and training. Amanprana gula java is a healthy palm sugar for the consumer on the one hand and it benefits small farmers, their families and the local ecosystem on the other. In other words, coconut blossom sugar is super nutritious for your health and it supports fair trade development in Indonesia.
Cocos Nucifera, coconut palm tree, tree of life. Brings 12 months of prosperity to traditional communities.
Many countries call the coconut palm tree the "tree of life". Traditional communities make hundreds of products based on the Cocos Nucifera. With its coconut blossom sugar, Amanprana brings the wisdom and traditions of ancient cultures somewhat closer. Palm sugar has not been at the centre of bloodshed or slavery at any time in our entire history. (Slavery and a great many wars were linked to cane and beet sugar.) In other words: coconut blossom sugar (organic coconut sugar) may be one of the most peaceful sugar types around! (cruelty-free) The coconut palm tree can provide a year's income for a whole family. The tree blooms all year long. The nuts from a coconut tree can be used for coconut water, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flour and grated coconut. Coconut blossoms can be tapped for juice which can be concentrated into a healthy sugar or left to ferment into wine, vinegar or alcohol. On top of that, Cocos Nucifera supplies ample material for housing construction, such as its leaves for roofing and its timber for furniture, spoons, and chopsticks. The fibres are processed into ropes, rugs and peat. Not one single piece of the coconut palm tree goes to waste. The Coconut Nucifera starts to blossom when the tree is 15 years old and then continues to do so for 70 years. Each blossom can be tapped for juice for two or three months. It yields 5kg of juice per day on average with a brix value of 13.5% (sugar content). Some trees produce up to 25kg of juice per day. The juice's glucose content can vary between 2 and 18 per cent and its fructose level between 2 and as much as 25%. Sucrose in the juice's dry mass can reach levels of 66 to 94 per cent. All depends on the season, the position of the tree and the tapper. The tree thrives in sandy areas with a 5.5 pH value. 1 ha of coconut trees could yield 160,000 tonnes of coconut juice or 21,600 tonnes of coconut blossom sugar (organic coconut sugar). The Cocos Nucifera also creates nitrogen fixation in the ground that prevents soil erosion. Coconut palm tree roots dig 15 metres deep into the soil. Each tree blossoms 8 to 15 times per year.
- 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.'