Real World Gardener Jaggery and Gula Malaka in Spice it Up

August 16th, 2015

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with Jaggery (Palm sugar) and Gula Malaka .

Talking with Ian Hemphill

There’s more than one type of brown sugar and they don’t all come from the sugar cane plant.




 Not only that there’s more than one variety of each different sugar.



Just like we see sugar being sold as white, brown and dark brown sugar, you may find once you decide to use them in your cooking that there’s a few different types that have their different applications. There's light palm sugar and dark palm sugar. Dark palm sugar is closest in flavour to dark brown sugar.

Gula Malaka is all of these.

If you can't buy Gula Malaka, or Jaggery, you can substitute it with soft brown sugar.

Jaggery is made from boiled down sugar cane juice. It's very natural and not processed.

Used a lot in Indian cooking and has a very different aroma to palm sugar once blended with other spices.

An example of using the different palm sugars in cooking is -for Red Thai Curries use dark palm sugar, and for green Thai curries use light palm sugar.

Would you believe that palm sugar or palm jaggery is one of the healthy sugar substitutes that is available in the market today.

Unlike sugar, it is unrefined and unbleached retaining all its nutrients, but not only that, it has a smoky flavour and a rich aroma.

Palm sugar is produced by tapping the sap from the flowers of the tree and boiling it down to produce a syrup, which is then sold as is, or allowed to crystallize into various shapes and sizes.

Some of these sugars are mixed with cane sugar so that’s something to watch out for.

If you want the genuine article either buy a reputable brands or check the ingredients and hopefully, that will tell you if it’s 100% palm sugar.

If you have any questions about winter rose care or roses in general, why not email or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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