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Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
Sweet Tree Sustainable Sweeteners' 100% Certified Organic Coconut Palm nectar is nature’s perfect sweetener. Palm sugar is a nutrient-rich, low-glycemic sweetener that looks, dissolves, and melts almost exactly like sugar, but it is completely natural and unrefined. It is acquired from the flowers of Indonesian coconut trees by farmers who scale the trees to collect the liquid flower nectar. This nectar is then air-dried to form a crystalline sugar that is brown in color and naturally rich in vitamins and minerals.
Coconut palm sugar, unlike other sweeteners, is unrefined and unbleached which allows it to retain all of its original nutrients. Palm sugar is rich in Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, and Iron and is a natural source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and C. With a glycemic index (GI) of 35, palm sugar is a low glycemic index food and is considered healthier than traditional white and brown sugar. By comparison, most commercial agaves are GI-42, honeys are GI-55 and cane sugars are GI-68.
The major component of SweetTree organic coconut sugar is sucrose (70-79%) followed by glucose and fructose (3-9% each). This is in contrast to agave syrup which primarily consists of fructose, similar to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the World Bank has reported that coconut palm sweetener is the single most sustainable sweetener in the world!
This is due in part to the fact that tropical palms are an ecologically beneficial tree crop that grows in diverse, wildlife supportive, agro-ecosystems that require very little water to survive and even restore damaged soils. Coconut palms produce an average of 50-75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane and use less than 1/5th the soil nutrients and water for that production.
The production of Sweet Tree organic coconut sugar has the single highest potential for providing farmers with a better life while creating a net benefit to their surrounding environment.
Coconut palm sugar tastes similar to a light brown sugar, but without the metallic finish that is typical in a cane sugar. It has wonderful notes of light butterscotch and caramel with a round, smooth flavour curve.
N2 Ingredients is the exclusive distributor of Organic Coconut Palm Sugar and Nectar in Canada.