Jaggery and its advantages

Jaggery is not a new food item or a new sweetener. However, these days it has become very popular, especially when it comes to replacing the sugar. This natural sweetener is not just a healthy alternative for sugar but it has many other benefits as well. The jaggery is prepared using the juice of different plants like sugar cane and date palm. These plants contain a very good amount of sucrose in them which is being used for preparing jaggery. Jaggery is being used for a long time. Earlier people used jaggery only in place of sugar, be it for preparing tea or for putting it in any kind of sweets. A good thing about Jaggery is that it is free of chemicals, which means it is completely unrefined. For preparing jaggery using the sugar cane or date palm sap, no such chemicals are used. In Hindi, Jaggery is called as Gur, in Telugu, is called as Bellam, in Malayalam, Sharkara, in Tamil, Vellam, in Marathi, Gul, and in Kannada, Bella.

How Jaggery looks and tastes?

 As we already told you above how jaggery are prepared using different plants, you should also know how they look and taste. Some jaggeries are brownish whereas some of them are golden or golden brown. We all know that they taste sweet, but their taste resembles somewhere like a caramel toffee or rich molasses. Different types of jaggeries which are made using different plants can taste differently but sweet. Like jaggery made using Palmyra plant may taste different than the jaggery made using sugarcane.

How Jaggery is prepared?

In some places, Jaggery is prepared manually, whereas there are some places where Jaggery is prepared using automated plants in the industries. But in most of the places, people prefer to prepare jaggery using manual processing only, about which we will read below.

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