Kithul treacle is a form of smoky, thick and sweet liquid jaggery that is believed to be manufactured exclusively in Sri Lanka. The taste, texture and even colour may vary based on the age of the tree and the region. Kithul treacle has a low calorie content when compared with cane sugars and passes through the body instead of getting stored, effectively being an ideal form of sweetener if you are diabetic. Kithul treacle is used to make a multitude of traditional sweets but can also be used as a topping, mixed in with porridge or used in cuisine.
The low GI, GMP certified Kithul Treacle from Goodfolks, is obtained from the Caryota Urens, a palm tree native to Sri Lanka. It is also sometimes referred to as the Fishtail Palm or the Jaggery Palm. Kithul Jaggery and Toddy are also products obtained from the same palm tree.
Goodfolks natural Kithul Treacle is sourced from a network of farmers that has a base of about 5000. The kithul treacle is a blend of produce from different areas. (We also offer limited edition Kithul Treacle from specific geographic areas). The number of trees that is of an age suited for tapping (extracting the sap) is limited and spread over 18 districts. This product features a blend that is primarily from the Rathnapura, Kegalle, Kandy and Badulla districts.
A lot of the Kithul Treacle in the market, though marked as pure and natural, may be adulterated. However even 100% natural treacle may vary in colour, taste and texture due to a multitude of natural reasons (explained above). Few ways to identify ‘good treacle’ is a slightly gaseous nature, a thicker consistency and tendency to crystallize.
The network we source from offers training and equipment to ensure their safety (because the extraction process from trees located in dense forests can be dangerous) and focused on uplifting their livelihood. The network also provides safety equipment such as harnesses, raincoats and flashlights. The sap is collected and cooked in vessels made of stainless steel, ensuring there is no seepage of harmful metals into the product. This way we overcome the challenges faced in getting a ready supply of unadulterated Kithul treacle from Sri Lanka.
The traditional extraction process involves setting an auspicious day and time. The farmer (tapper) will then climb up a ladder made of bamboo, attached to the tree. The flowers can be quite high on the trees. First he would remove the natural cover of the large flower (also known as the envelope) and make a few cuts. The sap will start oozing out from here and will be collected in a pot tied to the end. The farmer will return multiple times to collect the sap and use a blend of spices to coerce the tree into giving more sap. This labour intensive task is both dangerous and does not allow for processes that lead to standardisation. However our process, by and large, ensures an organic quality and sustainable practices.
Additionally, Goodfolks Kithul treacle is certified to score between 10 and 15 on the BRIX index. A score below 10 indicates a higher water content while a score above 15 indicates the presence of added sugar. This product is also GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified and cleared by the Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka. (We are happy to present them for bulk orders).
Sourced from a farmer network counting over 5000. The network is based in the Rathnapura district, although the produce is sourced from around the island.
Low GI Score (Glycemic Index) means this is ideal for those with blood sugar problems. More famous and popular syrups such as maple scores much higher on the GI Score and do not contain the nutritional values found in Kithul Treacle. Which by the way is widely used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Known to contain healthy nutrients, amino acids and minerals.
Raw and unrefined
No artificial flavours, additives, preservatives.