Sourced both from Sri Lanka and Indonesia, where coconut sugar and coconut nectar are both used as the main natural sweeteners for the local population and provide sustainable income to many families.
To obtain the coconut nectar, the coconut blossom is "tapped" or "sliced" so the nectar can flow into a small container which needs to be emptied every day manually by climbing all the way to the top of the coconut tree.. An average tall coconut tree produces 3 to 4.5 litters of fresh nectar per day. The collected nectar is then evaported to produce a semi-solid brick. After it has cooled down, the brick is granulated to produce a light brown sugar rich in minerals and vitamins.
Typically a farmer can collect nectar from 30 to 50 trees a day yielding an average of 15kg of coconut sugar per producer family or 450 kg per month. (FAO)
Coconut sugar contains over 16 amino acids and four different B vitamins. It is a source of iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
Do the coconut trees die if they are used for their sap?
No, they continue to be healthy trees, however they are unable to produce fruit.
How is the coconut blossom nectar obtained?
By slicing the coconut blossom or flower and recolecting the nectar that flows from the flowers. The recolection is done aproximately twice a day.
What is the Glycemic Index of Coconut Nectar?
The Glycemic Index of coconut nectar is 35. Honey has a GI of 87.