Origin – About the product
Panela is typical from Latin and Central America. It is a traditional food consume in tropical and sub-tropical regions, almost at the same time as sugar cane start to grow. After the sugar cane has been crushed, the juice that comes from it is boiled and poured in molds. When it cools down it is ready to lead them out of the mold. This process allows the retention of the essential constituents of sugar cane: protein, antioxidants and minerals.
Traditionally panela is produce by small farmers that process their own sugar cane with traditional technology. Nowadays they are starting to use better technology, since demand has increased.
Panela retains all of the benefits of sugar cane as it is not made from a centrifuged process. Copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium and others are also retained. Some advocates and manufacturers of panela, in different regions, says that it is healthier that refine sugar and suggest immunological benefits, as well as more micronutrients and lower glycemic index. Others states that it is still sugar.
Uses – Usage
Panela can be found in different forms: granulates, solid blocks, sometimes a liquid. It can be used to make soft drinks, vine, and/or vinegar as well as in baked food. It also can be drink with coffee or with lime or lemon added to it in hot or cools drinks.
Packing and product Presentations
Presentation is granulated.
Packaging is normally in 25 or 50 kilograms 3 ply paper, or in retail package according to client´s needs.