JAGGERY – THE ‘MEDICINAL SUGAR’
We may have seen some of our elders end their meal with Jaggery – they had good reason to. Jaggery is loaded with health benefits and therapeutic properties. Jaggery is made from the juice of Sugarcane, which is heated to produce thick crystals. It is considered healthier than refined Sugar as certain plant phytochemicals and minerals are preserved in it. Jaggery, while sweetening food items in a healthy manner, helps cleanse the body and acts as a digestive agent. The vitamin content includes folic acid and B-complex vitamins.
Jaggery is referred to as "Gur" in Hindi, Gul in Marathi, Gura in Bengali, 'Bellam' in Telugu, 'Vellam' in Tamil, 'Sharkara' in Malayalam and 'Bella' in Kannada. It finds a place in traditional cooking and a prominent spot in festival preparations. Sweet Pongal, made in Tamilnadu during the harvest festival in January, is traditionally made with Jaggery. Khejur Gur er Paayesh, made from liquid date palm jiggery, is a delicacy in Bengal, Bellam Pachadi is a favorite in Karnataka, Tilache Ladoo is made during Makar Sankranthi in Maharashtra, Poda Pitha is a special jaggery- based recipe in Orissa for the Raja festival, and Lapsi is a sweet dish made in Gujarat and Rajasthan during Navratri Sthapana.
With the increasing demand for chemical-free food ingredients, Organic Jaggery, made from sugar cane grown without application of fertilizers, and produced without additives, is a sought after item on the shelves of boutique food stores. Organic Jaggery retains all the sucrose of jaggery and other natural nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.
Units that produce Jaggery are generally small and medium size in nature, and are located in and around sugar producing areas of the country, primarly Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu. India accounts for more than 70% of the total world Jaggery Production.
Traditionally, the processing has been handled by semi-skilled persons and village artisans working in small and medium size units referred to as ‘Kolhus.’ To produce jaggery, juice is first extracted from fresh Sugarcane, and filtered and boiled in wide, shallow iron pans with continuous stirring. While the consistency of juice becomes thick, it is poured into small or medium sized metal where blocks of Jaggery are formed after cooling.
Jaggery Price in India is dependent on availability for cane crushing, rainfall and climatic conditions. It can fluctuate on the higher side during festive seasons, such as Makar Sankranti.
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