Coconut is one of Sri Lanka’s main plantation crops, accounting for nearly 12 – 15% of the country’s agricultural produce. Close to 400,000 hectares of land is being used for coconut cultivation with approximately 2500 million nuts being produced each year. There are also many varieties of coconut found in Sri Lanka. These varieties are grouped under ‘Typica’, ‘Nana’ and ‘Aurantiaca’. Sri Lanka has a variety (19 different types) of coconut palm trees, which are grouped under the above main types of coconut trees although you may not be able to point out any unique differences with a casual glance. The coconut tree is pretty much used in its entirety and the sheer number of products made from coconut palm trees is mind boggling. And it is a highly sustainable plantation crop. There is a multitude of Sri Lankan Coconut Based Products manufactured using this immensely useful tree. Some of those products include coconut jams, coconut treacle and coconut sugar.
The coconut jams are an all-natural, 100% coconut spread to tease your taste buds with memories of tropical skies. Coconut through and through with a hint of caramel with the consistency of Dulce-de-leche. An overall low score on the Glycemic Index (GI) makes this a safer option if you are concerned about sudden spikes in your blood sugar levels. You can enjoy this as a topping, a spread or even as frosting. Considering its edible produce, coconut jam is a winner that is a growing presence in health and environment conscious households.
Goodfolks natural coconut jams which comes in three distinct flavours, namely original coconut jam, coconut jam with organic cocoa powder and coconut jam with organic pineapple powder are sourced from sustainable and organic plantations. The manufacturing process is standardised and this has enabled the product to be USDA Organic certified, EU organic certified and have the FSSC 22000 certification. This mouth-watering jam is low in GI score (Glycemic Index), which means that this is ideal for those with blood sugar problems. It is also known to contain healthy nutrients, (up to 17) amino acids and minerals. It is raw and unrefined with no artificial flavours, additives or preservatives. Its gluten free and vegan.
Among the many famed Sri Lankan Coconut Based Products is the coconut treacle. This healthy delight tastes beautiful and its low GI (Glycemic Index) means it is also ideal for you if you are worried about blood sugar levels. Coconut treacle also has a low calorie content when compared with cane sugars and passes through the body instead of getting stored, effectively being an ideal form of sweetener if you are diabetic. Coconut treacle is used to make a multitude of traditional sweets but can also be used as a topping, mixed in with porridge or used in cuisine. Considering the coconut tree’s extensive range of edible produce, coconut treacle is a standout. It is more affordable than the Kithul Treacle (derived from the Kithul palm). Goodfolks natural coconut Treacle is sourced from sustainable and organic plantations and manufactured to international standards. The extraction process is standard and traditional (the coconut palm flower is tapped by men who climb the tall trees and collect the sap overtime). But because these are done on plantations and not in the wild (in the case of Kithul treacle) the manufacturing process is standardised and this has enabled the product to be USDA Organic certified, EU organic certified and have the FSSC 22000 certification. Coconut Treacle’s low GI Score (Glycemic Index) makes it ideal for those with blood sugar problems. More famous and popular syrups such as Maple, Agave and Corn Syrup scores much higher on the GI Score and do not contain the nutritional values found in coconut treacle.
Goodfolks natural coconut Treacle has no artificial flavours, additives or preservatives. It is vegan and gluten free.
Coconut Sugar is also one of the many fascinating Sri Lankan Coconut Based Products made from the dehydrated sap of coconut syrup. This all-natural product tastes and feels a lot like brown sugar with a touch of caramel and is wonderful as a natural sweetener or to be used in baking, cuisine or to drizzle on top of desserts. Coconut sugar also has a low calorie content when compared with cane sugars and passes through the body instead of getting stored. Coconut sugar is known to score around 35 on the Glycemic Index when compared to refined regular sugars that score in the range of 60 – 70. High GI foods can cause your blood sugar to spike suddenly and this affects your insulin levels. Thus it is safe to say that coconut sugar is a healthier alternative if blood sugar levels are of concern to you. Goodfolks all-natural coconut Sugar is sourced from sustainable and organic plantations and produced to international standards. The manufacturing process is standardised and this has enabled the product to be USDA Organic certified, EU organic certified and have the FSSC 22000 certification. The manufacturing process does not use bone char which is derived from animals (unlike the process for refined sugars) and as such makes this cruelty free.
(Key word: Sri Lankan Coconut Based Products)