Gula Apong / Sarawak Natural Sweetener
Tanoti Foods Gula Apong is a natural sweetener made from the sap of the Nipah Palms that grow abundantly along the coastlines of Sarawak. With hints of salted caramel flavour, it is less sweet than processed white sugar, has a Low Glycemic Index and is rich in minerals. Available in 200g or 1kg packs.
Gula Apong is traditionally harvested by hand. The process of harvesting and producing gula apong is a time-consuming practice that requires searching swampy marshlands for suitable nipah palms and nurturing them, and when they flower, extracting and collecting its clear sweet sap. The sap is stirred over a long fire until it transforms into a thick golden syrup or paste. It takes approximately 10 litres of sap to produce 1 kilogram of solid Gula Apong.
Benefits of Gula Apong:
- GI of 35-40 (lower than white sugar or honey), making it a suitable sweetener for people adhering to a low GI diet.
- Because it is unrefined, Gula Apong also retains beneficial vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B, Potassium, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Copper and Magnesium.
- FREE of additives, preservatives, artificial colours and flavours.
- Non-GMO. Tanoti Foods Gula Apong is harvested from wild-growing nipah palms.
Tanoti Foods aims to preserve this traditional Sarawakian slow food as well as to introduce this little-known sinless sweet to the culinary world. We also hope to improve the livelihoods of the local community of gula apong makers/collectors by providing a sustainable income.