From Tree to Table: The Art of Making Organic Coconut Sugar in Indonesia

Organic coconut sugar is a natural sweetener that has been popular due to its health benefit. Made from the sap of coconut blossoms, it is a healthier alternative to processed sugar and has a rich caramel-like flavor. But how is coconut sugar made? In this post, we will take a closer look at the coconut sugar-making process from the farmers to your table.

Step 1: Tapping the Sap

Coconut sugar farmers begin the process by tapping the sap from the coconut blossoms. This is done by climbing up the coconut trees and making a small cut in the flower stem. The sap then drips slowly into a container attached to the tree. Before climbing, farmers use organic mangosteen peel in the container to prevent wild yeast. Farmers need to be skilled climbers and have a deep understanding of the coconut trees’ growth and flowering patterns to tap the sap efficiently.

Step 2: Boiling the Sap

Once the sap has been collected, it is then boiled down in large woks over an open fire. This process requires constant stirring and attention to prevent burning and ensure an even consistency. The boiling process takes several hours. It requires a great deal of patience to get the right consistency to make organic coconut sugar.

coconut blossom sap boiling process
Step 3: Cooling and Granulating

After the sap has been thicken to the right consistency, it is then taken off from heat, and then crystallization process begin. Then the thicken sap is stirred until cooled down then crushed into smaller ground into granulated sugar using traditional tools and equipment. This process is typically done by the farmers’ spouses, who are skilled in the art of coconut sugar production.

Step 4: Sun-drying and Processing in Realsa Natural’s Facilities

Once the coconut sugar has been granulated, it is then sun-dried. After the organic coconut sugar is sun-dried, it is packed by the farmers. The packed coconut sugar is sent to Realsa Natural’s facilities to be sorted, dried and packed into desired packaging.
Many coconut sugar farmers work in cooperatives, pooling their resources and expertise to produce high-quality organic coconut sugar. They are committed to sustainable and ethical farming practices. We are ensuring that farmers’ coconut trees are not overexploited and that the local environment is protected. By buying organic coconut sugar, you can support these farmers and their communities while enjoying a delicious and healthy alternative to processed sugar.

The process of making coconut sugar is a labor-intensive and time-consuming. It is the process that requires skill, patience, and dedication. Coconut sugar farmers and their spouses work hard every day to bring this delicious and nutritious sweetener to our tables. By supporting these farmers, we can help to promote sustainable and ethical farming practices while enjoying the many benefits of coconut sugar. So, the next time you use coconut sugar in your baking or cooking, take a moment to appreciate the hard work that went into producing this natural sweetener.

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