Organic Palm Jaggery
Palm jaggery is darker and richer in colour. It can be used as an excellent substitute for white sugar. When compared to sugar, palm jaggery is an excellent nutritional sweetener.Palm Jaggery also known as Karupatti is a healthy traditional product made from palm juice (Pathani) without using any chemicals.
In Kerala, it is called by the name കരുപെട്ടി ‘Karuppatti‘ and in Tamilnadu it is called பனை வெல்லம் pana vellam and Indians use this for all their royal rich dishes. Apart from its sweet taste all the essential nutrients of sugar get flushed out during processing. On the other hand, the preparation of jaggery involves no chemicals or artificial ingredients. Since it is prepared from the extracts of palm trees, palm jaggery has minerals and vitamins in abundance.
How Palm Jaggery is made?
In the initial stage, the sap from palm trees is collected in slacked lime treated earthen pots by tappers. The sap is then cleared of unwanted materials by the process of sedimentation and filtration. It is then boiled in a galvanized iron pan. A white scum is skimmed off from the surface of the boiling sap. Some crushed castor beans are added to allay frothing. After 5 min, the pan is taken off from the furnace and allowed for settling of lime. Cleared brown syrup is again poured into the boiling pan. The syrup is then cooled into desired shapes of palm jaggery. It has an intense, earthy taste or reminiscent of chocolates in its taste.
Nutrional Facts Of Palm Jaggery
Palm jaggery is rich in iron and it increases hemoglobin and treats anemia if consumed regularly. It is rich in magnesium and helps to regulate the nervous system. Presence of calcium helps to build and maintain strong bones. It also contains potassium which boosts heart health, decreases cramps and has several other benefits as well. It boosts the immune system and thus prevents several blood-related and other disorders.
Some common health claims include improved digestive health, anemia prevention, liver detoxification and improved immune function.
Jaggery is said to help support immune, liver and digestive health, as well as help prevent anemia. However, there is no good evidence available to support these claims.
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