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My New Discovery This Week — Palm Sugar Powder by Organic Nectars

As I have written about many times before, I am a big fan of palm sugar. This alternative sweetener is sustainable, low on the Glycemic Index and tastes great.

Palm sugar was also named one of my Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2011.

When I was in the supermarket the other day and scouring the shelves looking for something new, I stumbled across PalmSweet by Organic Nectars.

I immediately said to myself “Wow, this is really interesting.”

At closer glance, I realized that PalmSweet is nothing more than palm sugar but in powder form.

While it may seem like a simple and obvious idea, the company claims that PalmSweet is the very first powdered coconut palm sugar and I believe them. I have yet to run across this product before.

As you can see below, not only is the texture different but the color of PalmSweet is more of a cream color than palm sugar. Furthremore, it has a slightly butterscotch/caramel taste to it.

The slight variation of color and taste must be a result of how it is broken down into powder form. When I asked the company about this, Organic Nectars couldn’t say too much because a patent is pending on this manufacturing process.

I use palm sugar in my smoothies and in my oatmeal, and have never had issues with it not liquefying — I have never bitten into the small granules.

But for bakers who need to work with something very fine or for people who want to put palm sugar into drinks not made with a blender, I can definitely see how palm sugar in powder form would be very desirable.

Given that palm sugar is only going to grow in popularity, with both consumers and organic food product companies, developing this product was a very shrewd and savvy move by Organic Nectars.

PalmSweet can be purchased in select retail locations and online.

I absolutely love the innovation and forward thinking.  Well done, Organic Nectars!!

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How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

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