The Heavenly Drink

Neera - The Heavenly Drink

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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.