Saturday, April 11, 2015

AtoZBlogChallenge:J is for Jaggery

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My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so this was a return to Southeast Asia that I looked forward to. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning a bit about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy some of what I learned and see some of what I saw.

Here's all the Jaggery I have left from my trip. It seems to be popular in our house.

Jaggery candy is a common treat in Myanmar. Jaggery tastes a lot like maple syrup candies we have here, but it's made from the Toddy Palm that has any number of uses, from medicinal to utensils.

Here's Jaggery under construction.

Getting the Juice

Palm Juice

Bringing the juice to a Boil
Cooling Jaggery
I'd definitely eat less candy if I had to scale a tree, cut the palm, drain the juice into pots, climb down the tree, boil the juice, stir it, cool, then shape it into tiny balls. But I have to say, it's a tasty treat.

Answers to I: What do you know about the Irrawaddy River?

F 1. The Irrawaddy is the largest river in the world. (No. It's the largest in Burma. It's a toss up between the Amazon and the Nile as to which of these is the larger.)

T 2. The river has been used as a main trade route since the sixth century.
(That's as far back as they've found evidence of trade in this waterway.)

NOW what do you know about Jaggery?

T/F 1. Jaggery is predominantly sucrose (C12H22O12), with traces of mineral salts, iron and some fiber.

T/F 2. Jaggery is digested in the same way sugar is digested.


  1. I would love to taste this wonderful thing "Jaggery"...

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  2. Maple syrup - that sounds good.
    I'm going to guess false on both.

  3. I bet that's why they're all skinny. Hmm... That treat looks delish!

  4. Jaggery Candy looks great. I want to have it now.

  5. I'm not a sweet nut, but I know my husband would love this. T/F? One or the other :)

  6. First time I've heard of this sweet. You live and you learn. :)

  7. Interesting process. Would like to try some.

  8. I am enjoying my "trip" abroad via your blog. Thanks for another excellent day.


  9. Hi Lee - no Jaggery doesn't entice me .. but I love the learning of how they create it ..

    I think I'd have to go that both are false .. cheers Hilary

  10. If one is true, the other has to be true. (Or both false.) Right?

  11. Oh yeah. Maybe that's what I need to have to go through to get chocolate. At least I'd get some exercise and burn off some of the calories I get from it.

  12. Jaggery looks and sounds tasty.

    And those pictures are neat.

  13. I'm always amazed at people who climb these trees barefoot. The treat looks delicious.

  14. I think I got both right from yesterday -whoot! Whoot! I never heard of this treat before. Hmmm I will say -ok it is sugar so it is easy to say true to both but I will break it up and say True to the first but false to the 2nd. I don't know I almost feel that it might go through ones' system slower than sugar. Guessing again

  15. What a fabulous introduction to your book. My grandies may be too young for it but.....I'm not lol.

  16. What a fabulous introduction to your book. My grandies may be too young for it but.....I'm not lol.

  17. I would definitely eat less of everything if that's what I had to do! Yikes!

    I'm mesmerized, how the heck did you get your book image Beware the Little White Rabbit to move like that?

  18. Ooh, Jaggery sounds like something I'd try as I'm a fan of maple candies.

  19. Wow, that is a lot of work. The candy must be good

  20. I agree with Pat. Are you sure you wouldn't climb a tree for it, Lee?


  21. Based on the spund of the word I wouldn't guess that it was candy!


  22. Hmm...looks good. Is it chewy candy or hard?

  23. Growing up in MA, we ate our waffles with Maple syrup. My mom now ships me maple syrup candy every birthday. I'm sure I would LOVE Jaggery. My sweet tooth is so large that I'd commit to the process, just to be able to pig out on my own stash ;)

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  24. Never heard of this candy, but with maple, I'm sure I will like it.

  25. Yeah, if i had to make my own candy, I would definitely cut back. haha This is cool though - interesting to see how it all comes together. The name sounds like something from Alice in Wonderland!

  26. Interesting. I've never heard of jaggery. I have such a sweet tooth, though, that's my kind of treat.

    I like your quiz. I'm going to guess T and F.

    Thanks for dropping by, Lee.

  27. Sounds very sweet... Sweets around the world are fascinating :)

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  28. I wouldn't mind trying some jaggery. It sounds pretty good.

  29. Oh no. I think I had a chance to try Jaggery once before. There was some of it around the house but it was gone before I had the chance to taste it. Maybe next time! :)

    I'm going to guess true for both questions.

  30. That does sound like a lot of work for candy :) I love maple candy though, so if it tastes similar I can understand why people are willing to do it :D
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  31. Jaggery is a substitute of Sugar and is much healthier ..

  32. Wow, I never knew the tedious work behind making palm candy (and I didn't know they were called 'Jaggery.' Over here, we just call them palm candy.)

  33. I've heard of it in some Indian cooking blogs, and thought it was a kind of sugar when I looked it up. Thanks for the details!
    Maui Jungalow


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