Neera, the coconut inflorescence sap, is a sugar containing delicious health drink, a rich source of sugars, minerals and vitamins. It contains substantial amounts of iron, phosphorus and ascorbic acid. Neera and its downstream products are becoming more popular as profitable value added products from coconut among the farmers and stakeholders.Read more
“Neera can be converted into jaggery, which is superior to cane jaggery. Palm Gur gives mineral salts too. Doctors have told me to eat jaggery and I always eat palm Gur. Nature has made this product in such a way that it cannot be manufactured in the mills; it is produced in the cottages. Jaggery is produced in every hamlet. This is the way to banish poverty from the land and also an antidote to it.''
An extract from a speech delivered by Mahatma Gandhi on May 3, 1939.
Before moving to Sevagram village in April 1936, Gandhi had started experiments in various industries at Wardha and trained many workers in rural reconstruction work such as making Neera from palm trees, jaggery, etc.In Sevagram Ashram Neera was served every morning.
Neera Sugar is a natural product with no chemical process involved in its production and is emerging as an attraction in European markets. Neera sugar is an unrefined sugar and is known to be rich in vitamins and minerals. Consumption of Neera sugar helps reduce & maintain weight, control & manage diabetes. It also helps lower serum cholesterol & risk of cardiovascular & coronary heart disease.Read more
The vascular sap collected from immature unopened coconut inflorescence is popularly known as “Neera” in fresh form. It is a sugar containing juice, a delicious health drink and a rich source of sugars, minerals and vitamins. It is sweet and oyster white in colour and translucent. It is tapped from the coconut inflorescence filtered, pasteurized, and bio preservatives added to preserve the product. Treated Neera can be preserved in cans upto 2 months in room temperature. It can be promoted due to its potential for value addition, employment generation and better returns to the coconut farmers.
Neera, popular as a delicious health drink, is good for digestion, facilitates clear urination and prevents jaundice. The nutrient-rich "sap" has low Glycemic Index (GI of only 35) and hence diabetic-friendly since very low amounts of the sugar is absorbed into the blood. It is an abundant source of minerals, 17 amino acids, vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH. Diversified value added products like Neera syrup, Neera jaggery and Neera sugar are produced from Neera.
The nutritious non alcoholic drink, Neera has enormous market potential. The various value added products from Neera such as Neera syrup, Neera jaggery and Neera sugar have prospects in both domestic and export market. Neera is mainly exported to countries like USA, Canada, Norway, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and parts of Asia, Japan and the Middle East.