The sugar palm tree, in Latin « Borassu
The sugar palm tree, in Latin « Borassus flabellifer », “Thnot” in Cambodian, is a part of the daily life of farmers in Cambodia countryside. It is a huge part of their incomes and must be protected to guarantee a decent life to the rural populations.
Its uses are manifold and it takes place in the daily life of many Cambodian families for generations. Its flowers’ soap may be used straight as a beverage with nutritional benefits but also be fermented to produce wine or vinegar much appreciated with many dishes. The crystallized palm sugar is then extracted from this soap by evaporation. With a medium Glycemic Index (GI), it is particularly suitable for a healthier diet. Perfect with both hot or cold drinks as well as desserts, it can be used as a classical table sugar.