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Another Use For Coconuts: Sugar

Posted Mar 23 2010 12:00am

Now, it is obviously no secret by now how much I love coconut. Its true. I love it so much I might even marry it. Between coconut macaroons, coconut water, coconut chips, coconut milk, coconut in my oatmeal coconut coconut coconut.

And now coconut sugar is making a sweet splash on the sweetener scene.

Palm sugar and coconut sugars. When did these guys appear on the scene? The names of these sweeteners are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Palm sugar comes from the palmyra or sugar palm and coconut sugar comes from the coconut palm,but both are produced from the sweet, watery sap that drips from cut flower buds. It’s like the maple syrup of the palm tree. Like maple syrup, the sap is collected boiled down in huge woks on the plantations until a sticky sugar remains. As is not highly processed like brown sugar, the color, consistency, flavor and level of sweetness can vary from batch to batch, even within the same brand. I love that. This means there is still some nature left in it. Much of this depends on the type of palm trees, time of year when the tree was tapped, and also the heat that was used to reduce the nectar into sugar.

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