Many people have written to us in order to know more about coconut and specifically ask us if sugar is extracted from this fruit and if it is better than cane.
To answer this question, it is important to know more about the coconut, its properties and its benefits.
The fruit of the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a wonderful creation of nature. The green coconut has a diameter of up to 40 cm and a weight of around 2.5 kg. It is surrounded by a thick shell with an outer layer similar to leather and waterproof. Underneath it possesses another fibrous one, that when drying itself acquires a hairy aspect.
The coconut is native to Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Brazil, is able to emerge unscathed from long trips drifting by the sea, hitting the rocks. It can even survive just like a fire that leaves everything burned. But this is nothing compared to its properties as food.
From coconut you can get different products; all benefits for the organism: Its oil, flour, water, butter, milk and also its sugar.
Coconut sugar: A low glycemic index sweetener
For everyone who wants to have their blood sugar under control, coconut sugar is a good choice and let’s explain the reason for it.
Coconut sugar is obtained from the nectar of the coconut palm tree. If the flower bud is cut, it oozes a sap or coconut nectar. This is collected in containers and either cooked or worked at low temperatures with a vacuum vapor apparatus until the sugar crystals appear.
Coconut sugar has become popular among those who want to eat more naturally and healthily, especially because of its low glycemic index (35, compared to 65 for table sugar), which means that it slowly transforms into blood glucose. and it does not favor obesity (it helps to lose weight) or diabetes as well as sugar from sugar beet or cane. It also provides more nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, boron, iron, zinc, sulfur and copper.
Its appearance is similar to that of brown sugar and can be used in the same amounts and preparations. His taste is caramelized, very pleasant, without coconut notes. When buying it, it is advisable to choose the ecological presentations that ensure that it is obtained from crops and sustainable production methods.
With the sap from which the sugar is obtained, another product can be made that is used as an alternative to soy sauces because it contains half the sodium and a higher concentration of proteins. It is called “coconut amino acids”, and is produced by mixing the sap with seawater to let it ferment and evaporate in the sun. It is a traditional product, but in many countries it is not yet in physical stores.
Recipe with coconut sugar
Steamed pears with coconut salad
Ingredients (4 servings)
• 4 pears blanquilla or similar, peeled and sprinkled with lemon
• 2 tablespoons grated coconut
• 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar
• 1 piece of lemon peel
• 1 sprig of cinnamon, cinnamon powder and mint leaves For ice cream:
For ice cream
• 250 ml of coconut milk
• 125 g of coconut sugar
• 2 coconut yogurts
• 100 g grated coconut
• 1 open vanilla pod
Start with the ice cream: Boil the milk with the vanilla, add the sugar and yogurt and, finally, the coconut. Stir well. Place in the refrigerator or in a bowl, covered, in the freezer for five hours, stirring every hour.
Heat the water in the steamer with the cinnamon stick and lemon peel. Cook the pears for 15 minutes and sprinkle with coconut, coconut sugar and cinnamon. Serve with ice cream and mint.