Sourced from the Island of Java in Indonesia where coconut sugar is used as the main natural sweetener for the local population and provides income to many families.
The coconut blossom is "tapped" to obtain the nectar. 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.
What are the benefits of Coconut Sugar
Besides being a natural sweetener full of minerals and vitamins, it is Low-GI. The coconut tree is a sustainable crop so by using this sweetener you are supporting the ecosystem.
Does a coconut tree die when the coconut sugar is extracted?
No. The coconut trees remain healthy but are unable to produce fruit. This is convinient for organic farmers who tap trees closer to their homes to avoid accidents of coconuts falling on persons. :). This is actually true.