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Dumbara Kithul Jaggery (500g)

Dumbara Kithul Jaggery (500g)

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(SKU: LS5230006D) Kithul Jaggery is made of treacle harvested off the variety of Palm by the name of Caryota urens. This is a species of flowering plant in the palm family from the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia where they grow in fields and rainforest clearings.

Making of Jaggery

Sri Lanka’s beloved natural sweetener, Kithul jaggery, is made from the sap harvested from the Fishtail Palm or the Jaggery Palm that grow in abundance all over the island. Harvesting of palm sap can be a risky task. Usually, a tapper climbs up a wooden lattice tied to a side of the palm tree that usually grows up to a height of 40-feet. Then he makes a sharp incision at the base of a cluster of flowers that droop down from a branch like a bunch of grapes and ties a jute sack to the base of the cluster to collect droplets of sap trickling down from the flower. Once the sap is collected for several days, it is usually boiled over an open wood fire until it reduces to a sticky and intensely sweet syrup known as treacle with the colour and thickness of honey, out of which jaggery is made.

The bittersweet truth about Sri Lanka’s much-loved sweetener is that its future is uncertain. A host of factors have led to the recent scarcity of this once-abundant sweetener including the clearing of rainforest buffer zones and the reduction of the home gardens, which has led to the diminishing numbers of the Jaggery Palm trees in the country.

Benefits of Kithul Jaggery

By eating Kithul Jaggery you can gain weight. A healthy way of gaining weight. Cleansing Agent - Jaggery effectively cleans the respiratory tracts, lungs, food pipe, stomach and intestines. It pulls out dust and unwanted particles from the body, gives relief from constipation, and stimulates the movement of the bowels.

Boosts immunity: Jaggery is loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium, which in turn help prevent free-radical damage and also boost resistance against infections. Jaggery also helps increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood.

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