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What is panela?

Panela and Panela syrup are unrefined, nutritional raw cane juice products. A 100% natural and raw sweetener. The sugarcane juice (Saccharum officinarum L.) is cooked on a low fire and dehydrated through an artisan process while retaining the essential constituents of sugarcane, including trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids, protein and antioxidants. Panela and Panela syrup are valued for both their nutritional and medicinal benefits and is considered by many to be a healthy alternative to refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Panela is not subjected to a centrifugal process like refined sugar that separates the molasses from the crystals. Allowing Panela to retain all of the natural benefits of sugarcane such as calcium, chloride, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, zinc, chromium, cobalt, Vitamins A, Beta Carotene, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid and Vitamin C. Because of the natural presence of the sweet molasses, panela has a sweet caramel-like flavor. It is a unique nutritional product full of flavours and aromas.

What is panela?

Panela and Panela syrup are unrefined, nutritional raw cane juice products. A 100% natural and raw sweetener. The sugarcane juice (Saccharum officinarum L.) is cooked on a low fire and dehydrated through an artisan process while retaining the essential constituents of sugarcane, including trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids, protein and antioxidants. Panela and Panela syrup are valued for both their nutritional and medicinal benefits and is considered by many to be a healthy alternative to refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Panela is not subjected to a centrifugal process like refined sugar that separates the molasses from the crystals. Allowing Panela to retain all of the natural benefits of sugarcane such as calcium, chloride, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, zinc, chromium, cobalt, Vitamins A, Beta Carotene, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid and Vitamin C. Because of the natural presence of the sweet molasses, panela has a sweet caramel-like flavor. It is a unique nutritional product full of flavours and aromas.

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SUSTAINABLE

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NON GMO

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VEGAN

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GLUTEN FREE

How is panela made?

The traditional conventional Panela in blocks has been used as a sweetener for generations in sugarcane producing countries all over the world. Traditionally Panela has been produced by small producers in developing countries in “trapiches” or artisanal sugarcane mills in a labour intensive open vat processing system that takes approximately 12 hours to produce blocked panela. Panela has been traditionally handmade for centuries by an artesian process, which dehydrates raw sugarcane juice over low heat until it’s thick syrup, then cooling the syrup into bricks.

Pulverized powder Panela was introduced in Latin America about 20 years ago for fast consumer use. Pulverized makes panela easier to use in coffee, baking and cooking, while still preserving all the same goodness and taste as the traditional bricks. Most panela is still artisanal made in trapiches today.

How is panela made?

The traditional conventional Panela in blocks has been used as a sweetener for generations in sugarcane producing countries all over the world. Traditionally Panela has been produced by small producers in developing countries in “trapiches” or artisanal sugarcane mills in a labour intensive open vat processing system that takes approximately 12 hours to produce blocked panela. Panela has been traditionally handmade for centuries by an artesian process, which dehydrates raw sugarcane juice over low heat until it’s thick syrup, then cooling the syrup into bricks.

Pulverized powder Panela was introduced in Latin America about 20 years ago for fast consumer use. Pulverized makes panela easier to use in coffee, baking and cooking, while still preserving all the same goodness and taste as the traditional bricks. Most panela is still artisanal made in trapiches today.

Panela can be used as a 1:1 replacement for almost any sugar.
Use it in coffee, cocktails, baking, cooking and anywhere else you would normally use refined brown or white sugar.

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Coffee

Panela is a perfect authentic pairing with coffee. It compliments and balances the subtle flavours in coffee without being too sweet. Since panela is made in a simple, natural way, like coffee, the flavor and aromas can vary slightly depending on where it’s from.

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Drinks

Panela can be served either in hot or cold drinks. Consumed as a warm sweet tea for warming up on a cold day. Served cold it tastes like a super refreshing iced-tea. Either hot or cold, lemon or lime are often added. Canelazo is an alcoholic version of agua panela with cinnamon and aguardiente added to it. Panela is rubbed on the edges of the glass when served. Or add some rum and lime and make your own refreshing cocktail.

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Baking & Cooking

Explore new flavors or reinvent recipes by using panela as a 1:1 replacement for refined white and brown sugar. Panela is great in sweet dishes, sauces and desserts and ideal for making granolas, cakes, pasties and cookies.

Sustainability

The low heat fires are fueled by the pressed and milled sugarcane (“bagazo”) making it a very sustainable process, not only lowering the thermal energy cost but also makes the production process CO2 neutral. A comparison of the CO2 emissions has shown that organic Panela emits 20% less CO2 than conventional refined centrifugal sugarcane production, and emits 40% less CO2 than organic sugar beet production in Europe. Panela production is also considered water neutral, given the use of rainwater in the harvest and production process. Sugarcane production for Panela is a lot more environmental friendly compared to refined centrifugal sugar.

Panela production is one of the most traditional agro industries in Latin America. In Colombia alone, approximately 240,000 hectares are dedicated to sugarcane production for Panela production and is considered a major income-generating source for more than 70,000 families, with 80% production occurring on farms with less than 5 hectares in more than 350 municipalities. The Panela sector generates more than 1,750,000 direct and indirect jobs
of which 120,000 are subsistence farmers.

Sustainability

The low heat fires are fueled by the pressed and milled sugarcane (“bagazo”) making it a very sustainable process, not only lowering the thermal energy cost but also makes the production process CO2 neutral. A comparison of the CO2 emissions has shown that organic Panela emits 20% less CO2 than conventional refined centrifugal sugarcane production, and emits 40% less CO2 than organic sugar beet production in Europe. Panela production is also considered water neutral, given the use of rainwater in the harvest and production process. Sugarcane production for Panela is a lot more environmental friendly compared to refined centrifugal sugar.

Panela production is one of the most traditional agro industries in Latin America. In Colombia alone, approximately 240,000 hectares are dedicated to sugarcane production for Panela production and is considered a major income-generating source for more than 70,000 families, with 80% production occurring on farms with less than 5 hectares in more than 350 municipalities. The Panela sector generates more than 1,750,000 direct and indirect jobs
of which 120,000 are subsistence farmers.

Benefits

Since panela is dried sugarcane juice, all of the natural properties of sugarcane are maintained. This makes panela a good source for energy, minerals, proteins and vitamins – essential body constituents. The most important advantage of panela is its complexity as a nutritional and functional food due to its many essential components. Sugarcane can be refined in many different ways. Highly refined sugars include white sugar, brown sugar (which is usually refined white sugar, with refined molasses artificially added) and powdered sugars. Panela is a raw, unrefined sugar. Raw sugar also comes from other sources like coconut sugar, maple syrup and honey. One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between refined and unrefined sugar is if it’s in uniform crystals or a pulverized powder. Uniform sugar crystals form when exposed high heat and low pressure, and then are processed through a centrifuge, which deletes all the flavorful and nutrient rich molasses. Where as unrefined raw sugars are non centrifugal, which means they are made by evaporating water from sugarcane juice.

 

No animal products are used in the production of Panela, allowing Panela to be vegan whereas refined sugars are known to use bone-char in the production process.

Benefits

Since panela is dried sugarcane juice, all of the natural properties of sugarcane are maintained. This makes panela a good source for energy, minerals, proteins and vitamins – essential body constituents. The most important advantage of panela is its complexity as a nutritional and functional food due to its many essential components. Sugarcane can be refined in many different ways. Highly refined sugars include white sugar, brown sugar (which is usually refined white sugar, with refined molasses artificially added) and powdered sugars. Panela is a raw, unrefined sugar. Raw sugar also comes from other sources like coconut sugar, maple syrup and honey. One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between refined and unrefined sugar is if it’s in uniform crystals or a pulverized powder. Uniform sugar crystals form when exposed high heat and low pressure, and then are processed through a centrifuge, which deletes all the flavorful and nutrient rich molasses. Where as unrefined raw sugars are non centrifugal, which means they are made by evaporating water from sugarcane juice.

 

No animal products are used in the production of Panela, allowing Panela to be vegan whereas refined sugars are known to use bone-char in the production process.

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