Known in India as sugar for diabetics, Palmyra Jaggery, is a very rare plant based source of vitamin B12. This low glycemic index food has nourishing levels of both B vitamins and a host of essential minerals. This 100% natural and unrefined sugar made from the palmyra palm sap holds a special place in Indian culture. Used in many rituals and customs this food is considered sacred as it is often consumed before an important journey or after a birth or death.
Palmyra Jaggery comes from the palmyra palm plant which takes about 15 years to bear fruit. Traditionally every part of this tree is used for the production of some type of item. The leaves are used for roofing on houses, fibers are used for weaving baskets and wood of the dead trees are used as building blocks. The palm jaggery is one of three unique types of palm trees (the others being coconut and date palm) that have been known to produce a sweet tasting sap. This sweet sap is traditionally harvested 2 times daily between the months of March and December. Collecting this sap is a labor of love and has to be done by hand to not destroy these trees. Therefore this process is slow and time consuming.
Both sugar and jaggery may be obtained from the same source but they are very different in many ways in regards to their properties and nourishing qualities. Refined, dead, white sugar often has a bright white color while jaggery’s color, depending on the extent it was cooked, can range from bright yellow to a deep dark brown like coffee. While regular sugar has a very heavy hard and solid texture, jaggery is much softer with less shapley characterics. Regular refined sugar is only made up of sucrose while jaggery is a nutrient dense sucrose with B vitamins, mineral salts, iron and some fiber. It is these specific differences that set this food apart from its unhealthy partner in crime. Jaggery is made up of long chains of sucrose which allows it to digest and release slower into the body. Therefore with no spikes it produces much less harm which may possibly make it a safe food for diabetics. Jaggery is also known to naturally gather a large amount of ferrous salts during its preparation in iron vessels allowing it to be a nourishing tool for those looking for a natural source of iron.
Coconut palm sugar is derived from the flower buds of the coconut palm and not the sap from the tree itself which is how palm sugar is derived. Palmyra sugar is very nutrient dense with 24 nutrients, yet, is most well known as a rare plant source of vitamin B12 providing 20 mcg per 100 grams. On average it contains 1.04% protein, 0.19% fat, 76.86% sucrose, 1.66% glucose, 3.15% total minerals, 0.861 % calcium, 0.052% phosphorus; also 11.01 mg iron per 100 g and 0.767 mg of copper per 100 g. Palmyra sugar has a glycemic level of 41 which is low. This superfood makes almost any dish taste great whether it is a simple cup of coffee or baked goods. For a taste comparison with white sugar, the palm sugar will be about 80% as sweet so keep this in mind when adding it to food.
Some possible traditional uses of Organic Palmyra Jaggery Powder may include:
● Possible nourishing source of minerals
● Natural source of iron
● Low glycemic food
● May support healthy digestion
● May be a safe food for diabetics
● Glycemic index (GI) rating: 38 = low
● Natural plant based source of B12
● Possible source of energy
Constituents of Palmyra Jaggery include:
● Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, B12
Suggested Use: Mix 1 teaspoons to recipes, juice or add to your favorite smoothie.
Mixing Suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic ginger and cinnamon powders.
Botanical Name: Borassus flabellifer.
Other Names: Gula melaka, gula merah, karupatti, thati bellam, Pamlyra Palm Sugar, Palmyra Jaggery.
Parts Used: Palmyra Sap (only the nectar).
Ingredients: 100% pure certified organic Palmyra Jaggery Powder.
Origin: Grown and processed in India. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Certifications: USDA Certified Organic.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Palmyra Jaggery is certified organic and passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Raw Organic Palmyra Jaggery Powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Organic Raw Palmyra Jaggery Powder in a cool, dark, dry place.
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