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Coconut Nectar / Sugar

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 04, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I recently heard from someone in the paleo community that the extraction process for coconut nectar kills the coconut tree just by performing the process once. I've searched the internet some and have not found evidence of this. Anyone have any insight?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 04, 2011
at 11:32 PM

I never looked at the website of the brand that I buy and checked it out just now, they have breakdown on the process as well: http://coconutsecrets.com/Tappingthesap2.html

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 04, 2011
at 11:31 PM

I buy Coconut Secrets, worst name ever, but the nectar and sugar are literally one ingredient each. Whole Foods and a few natural food stores carries them or the usual: amazon.com. All their products are aces.

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:27 PM

Thanks Kewpie!!!

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I've gotten it at Whole Foods and it can also be ordered through Azure Standard if you have a nearby drop point.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 04, 2011
at 06:32 PM

Oh woah, thanks! I had always thought they were "tapped" like maple trees - had a moment of mild panic there as coconut sugar and nectar are my main sweeteners for ice creams and such. Whew :)

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on November 04, 2011
at 06:24 PM

what brand is it? I saw some at an asian grocery store once but it had creepy ingredients in it. :(

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on November 04, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Coconut tree muurrrdererr! j/k :D

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on November 04, 2011
at 06:05 PM

No, it doesn't. You can't get coconuts from the blossoms that are "tapped", but most coconut tree farms grow both coconuts and obtain nectar from the same trees.

http://www.coconutsecret.com/Tappingthesap2.html

I was fortunate enough to visit one of these farms -- it was actually a small native grove, where they were tapping the trees to make palm wine, but the process is exactly the same, they just don't ferment and age the syrup when they make evaporated coconut sap/sugar, or regular coconut nectar. Most of the trees had several blossom spouts "tapped" with big, round bamboo tubes, and the rest of the tree was allowed to "go to seed" to produce coconuts.

The tour guide told us that, once a tree has been tapped, it will continue to produce syrup for 20 or more years, without fail.

You can learn more here, from the Phillipines, where coconut sugar/coconut harvesting is a way of life.

http://www.coconutsugarphilippines.com/makingofcocosugar.php

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 04, 2011
at 06:32 PM

Oh woah, thanks! I had always thought they were "tapped" like maple trees - had a moment of mild panic there as coconut sugar and nectar are my main sweeteners for ice creams and such. Whew :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 04, 2011
at 11:32 PM

I never looked at the website of the brand that I buy and checked it out just now, they have breakdown on the process as well: http://coconutsecrets.com/Tappingthesap2.html

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on May 31, 2013
at 12:29 AM

I believe that person is thinking of and getting mixed up with "Hearts of Palm" salad.

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Where can you get this stuff? I have never heard of it before....but I love all things coconut.... Can anyone shed some light on that?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 04, 2011
at 11:31 PM

I buy Coconut Secrets, worst name ever, but the nectar and sugar are literally one ingredient each. Whole Foods and a few natural food stores carries them or the usual: amazon.com. All their products are aces.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 04, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I've gotten it at Whole Foods and it can also be ordered through Azure Standard if you have a nearby drop point.

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

(536)

on November 04, 2011
at 09:27 PM

Thanks Kewpie!!!

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on November 04, 2011
at 05:37 PM

It's a good question. I use it in my coffee, and buy mine from an Asian grocer for dirt cheap (compared to buying it from an organic store or something for 5x the price).

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on November 04, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Coconut tree muurrrdererr! j/k :D

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(2301)

on November 04, 2011
at 06:24 PM

what brand is it? I saw some at an asian grocery store once but it had creepy ingredients in it. :(

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