Kadode Palm Flower Sugar
The Palm ‘Flower’ Sugar from Cambodia (Scientific name: Borassus Flabellifer) is not to be confused with palm oil, his distant cousin that grows on an industrial scale in Indonesia and Brazil. The palm sugar tree matures and produces fruit after 15 years and can live up to 70 years. More than 3 million wild palm trees grow naturally throughout Cambodia. It is also the national symbol of the Kingdom, playing a very important role in providing a source of income for many Khmers.
Cambodians use the wood for construction, as fuel for cooking, and for making utensils. The branches are used for fencing. Even the leaves are used for many things, and the fruit is used for juice.
This palm sugar is not refined, retaining all of its minerals and trace elements. It has a mild caramel flavor that is a popular ingredient in Southeast Asian and African cooking.