How Palm Sugar is Made
Have you ever wondered how palm sugar is made? I always have.
Few months ago I met a very nice Cambodian farmer who kindly showed me how to make palm sugar.
It happened in Cambodia during my holiday. While I was riding a rented scooter through the countryside, I stumbled on a little village right outside Kampot.
I went right to the end of an unpaved road that leads to Kampot river to photograph a small colourful Buddhist temple with a tiny pond next to it.
I mounted my camera on my tripod, I took my ND filter and shot few long exposure images of this cute little temple standing in front of me.
Once done, on my way back I saw a Khmer farmer who was about to climb on one of the palm trees that were on both sides of this dirt road.
I stopped there, then he smiled to me.
I took my camera out of my bag and started to take pictures of him.
He had some empty cylindrical containers that he hang on the palm tree to collect the sap over night from the flower.
Later he invited me to go back the next morning to show me how to make palm sugar.
Next day, I found him at the same spot collecting the canisters filled with the juice.
Some people with empty plastic water bottles were also there to purchase some of the fluid off him.
Later, he offered me some to try. He then asked me to follow him to his home to see how palm sugar is made.
How to Make it
Once in his sugar shack, opposite his house, he finally shows me how to make palm sugar.
He empties the containers with the collected sap into a large pan shaped like a wok. During that process the liquid gets filtered to eliminate any residue.
His wife then joins in to set the fire under the large wok.
The sap boils until it thickens. When it is ready it reaches a brown colour.
The palm sugar is ready now and the process of dehydration begins.
Now, off he goes for more sugar.
In conclusion, seeing first hand how to make palm sugar was a great experience.
But greater is the hospitality I receive from Cambodian people every time I’m in Cambodia. That’s why I’m always happy to spend my holidays there and get to know their culture.
Similarly, you may also visit my portfolio about Cambodia.
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