More on Jaggery



Jaggery or “Gur” or whole sugar is a pure, wholesome, traditional, unrefined, whole sugar. It contains the natural goodness of minerals and vitamins inherently present in sugarcane juice & this crowns it as one of the most wholesome and healthy sugars in the world. It Mexico & South America, it is also known as panela.

Why is it healthy?

Jaggery, being a wholesome sugar, without doubt is rich in the vitally important mineral salts: 2.8 grams per 100 grams, that is to say 28 grams per kilogram, while only 300 milligrams per kilogram is found in refined sugar.
Magnesium strengthens the nervous system & potassium is vital to conserve the acid balance in the cells and combats acids and acetone. Jaggery is very rich in iron, which, a composite of hemoglobin prevents anemia.

Manufacture of sugar from cane juice employs a potpourri of chemicals as sulphur dioxide, lime, phosphoric acid, bleaching agents & viscosity reducers. Jaggery is processed the natural way & no chemicals are added at any stage of its processing.

Jaggery is often called the ‘medicinal sugar. So much so, you can become an emergency doctor with Jaggery. It is also very useful in health problems like —
Dry Cough, Cough with Sputum , Indigestion, Constipation

Ancient medical scriptures dating back to 2500 years state how it purifies the blood, prevents rheumatic afflictions and disorders of bile and possesses nutritive properties of high order.

(Sushruta Samhita, Chapter 45, sloka 146)

The preventive action of jaggery on smoke-induced lung lesions suggest the potential of jaggery as protective agent for workers in dusty and smoky environments- paper presented by scientists of Industrial Toxicology Research Centre at a Workshop held in Lyon, France.

[Environ Health Perspect, 102(Suppl 6): 211-214 (1994)]

According to an experiment, Turbinado Sugar treated rats showed enhanced translocation of coal particles from lungs to tracheobronchial lymph nodes.
Hence, it fights pollution too! No wonder Jaggery is regularly consumed by thousands of industrial workers / traffic policemen who are exposed to higher levels of pollution. It helps them breathe easier and counter pollution naturally.

Manufacture Process–

Raw sugarcane juice is slowly simmered in pans & the water is progressively evaporated. Clarification is done using natural vegetable clarificants. Scooping the boiling juice from one pan to another until the liquid starts to go hard carries out this process. The complete process is chemical-free。

(*Compiled article )


Updated: Check the quality of the Jaggery  here (Aug 2008)



今天看到一位酵素厂商的人 挑战地说:”用凤梨发酵,就是凤梨酵素吗?

其实,我们DIY用黄梨做的酵素肯定是有凤梨酵素, 可能活性单位比较少,无可否认。

如果用凤梨发酵得不到凤梨酵素, 难道要用榴莲发酵才能得到凤梨酵素不成 ???

所以我猜这位酵素厂商的产品清单上一定有”凤梨酵素”吧? 也一定很贵的!

还有他们会告诉你说凤梨果肉的酵素很少,最多酵素的部分是在凤梨茎,所以厂商还是会建议买产品他们的”凤梨酵素“ 因为他们的一颗或一汤匙凤梨酵素要等于好几颗凤梨的酵素。

其实,我们DIY黄梨酵素志在保健不是治病,如果你的要用凤梨酵素治病,一瓶 SOLARAY 60颗 500mg ( 活性单位 2400 GDU/g) 的凤梨酵素(Bromelain) 才RM40 左右。


Jaggery (Gur) 印度黑糖

一般DIY酵素用的糖不外是片糖,冰糖, 蜜糖之类, 今天要介绍几种叫 Jaggery (或Gur) 的印度黑糖。

第一种是球形的叫 Ball Jaggery,直径5寸,每颗500g 左右,淡褐色 味道特别香。

Ball Jaggery 印度黑糖 (球形) Ball jaggery compare with an orange (own photo)

另一种Jaggery是长方形,2寸x2寸x3寸,重量不详,黄色, 味道像片糖。

Cuib Jaggery 印度黑糖 (长方形) Downloaded photo

还有一种Jaggery,Wikipedia 里有照片,重量不详, 味道不详。

jaggery Cylinder downloaded photo

其实,印度黑糖是一种原始的糖,在印度乡村相当普遍。制造过程是把甘蔗搾汁,过滤后 再把甘蔗汁 反复煮滚,冷却成型。各各乡村制造的形状各异。
印度黑糖的用途多,除了DIY酵素, 在印度可拿来弄甜点,菜肴及养身治病。我试过拿来冲咖啡,特别香!试一试。
哪里有卖? 我真的不知道,我也找了好久, 最近因认识了个做杂货批发的泰国朋友才买到的,但一次要买很多。如果您知道本地哪里有散卖,请和其他读者分享一下!


我一向主张自制酵素要以平常心看待,不必太在意迷信所谓的权威 ,近期有国外的酵素商品進駐馬來西亞,发布危言耸听的歪论。我也读过一些所谓酵素权威写的书,都是叫人别自制酵素。但这是所谓酵素权威都有在台湾及中国大 陆设生物科技厂的,不仅让人怀疑有利益冲突, 也抹杀了大家对自制酵素的热心。



您好,其实自制酵素是最近才热起来的。当中酵素做法也有好几种。大致上可分“加水法” 和“不加水法”,两种我都做过,但比较喜欢不加水法 , 就是一般糖萃法。

希望可以和各位酵友切磋切磋 !

Hello world!

Hello, the purpose of setting up this blog is solely because of my passion in the homemade  fruits & vegi ezyme.

I hope I can get to know friends from all around the world, both English speaking and Chinese Speaking friends.

There are many Chinese speaking friends out there who know what homemade enzyme is about but I have yet to come across english speaking friends engaging in such discussion in any forum. So, if you are aware of such english forums , please share with me.