Our Organic Coconut Palm Sugar is hand made by small farmer cooperatives on the island of Java in Indonesia. Cooperative farmers climb high into the Coconut Palm trees to tap the coconut tree flower for its sweet nectar, similar to tapping a maple tree for syrup.
The sweet nectar is then cooked in large open kettle drums to evaporate the liquid. As the liquid evaporates and the thick syrup is stirred vigorously, by hand, a beautiful granular sugar begins to appear.
Unlike the production of Palm Oil (made from the Elaeis guineensis) which has received a negative image for causing damage to the natural environment though deforestation and habitat loss for endangered species, Coconut Palm Sugar is produced on small, sustainable, cooperative owned farms. Farmers harvest all year round and use every part of the coconut palm tree including the coconut fruit for meat and water as well as the fibrous husk of the coconut for twine or weaving material. Coconut Palm Trees (Cocos nucifera) are tapped for 25-40 years and use less water than most other crops. Since the tree produces for so long they are not cut down after each harvest.
- USDA Organic
- Non-GMO Verified
- Naturally Gluten Free
- Product of Indonesia
- Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International