Wild Kithul ™ Treacle Sweet & Healthy
“Kithul” is a Sri Lankan name to a variety of palm scientifically known as Caryota urens that grows in the Asian tropics. It is a species of indigenous flowering palm growing naturally in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India. These palms grow in the wild, in forest covers, in fields, in rain-forest clearings and even in home gardens. This palm is even used as an ornamental tree in the Philippines. Commonly called solitary fishtail palm, toddy palm, wine palm or jaggery palm.
Kokonati Wild Kithul treacle is extracted from Kithul palms that grow in the wild rainforests of Sri Lanka. Its sap is harvested traditionally by sap-tapping families residing in the fringes of the forest. The art of tapping and reducing the sap to craft kithul treacle is a much-guarded secret that allows village populations to utilize their age-old knowledge to survive in this mechanized modern world of manufacture by producing a pure unrefined product.
Our Wild Kithul Treacle is a dense, dark syrup similar to high quality, pure maple syrup. As an all-natural, chemical-free products with no additives or preservatives, Wild kithul treacle is considered a healthy alternative to granular sugar and refined syrups and sweeteners. The Kithul sap is rich in minerals; Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Copper Phosphorous and Vitamins C and A. The sap also has a low GI and is metabolised slowly which helps regulate energy levels for daily activity without causing the high and lows that refined sugars and artificial sweeteners can cause.
In Sri Lanka, Kithul and Kithul jaggery is used as a sweetener, consumed with tea, curd, yoghurt, hot cakes, pancakes and toasted bread. Kithul Jaggery, a solid type of sugar ‘block’ can also be made by drying concentrated treacle, which is poured into moulds and set.
In Japan, it is used as alternative to Maple syrup and a sugar replacement.
Kithul treacle is used in Ayurveda as it is said to possess health benefits such as anti-ageing and anti-diabetic. Although scientific testing is still in its early stages, in recent studies it has been found that wild palm treacle possesses anti-oxidant properties. Traditionally, in Sri Lanka, treacle has not only been used as a sweetener for many centuries but also used for medicinal preparations such as arista. (arista (ä·riˑ·st) nAyurvedic method of medicine preparation that uses natural fermentation; herbal juices are infused with dried forest-flame bush flowers (containing yeast) and jaggery.