Kitul Tree
Home & Garden / September 14, 2017

Sri Lanka’s ‘Kitul’ palm syrup: An ancient sweetener Kitul Tree of Sri Lanka  is a palm tree found in many parts of Sri Lanka having the botanical name (Caryota Urens). It is similar to the coconut palm but not commercially grown as the coconut. The Kitul Tree was used by the villagers to manufacture treacle, sweet type of honey, and toddy an alcoholic beverage. At one time the owners of this  tree  had to get the government permit to tap and collect sap from their own trees. The reason was that many used the sap mainly to manufacture toddy and arrack which are alcoholic drinks. However it is safer than the locally produced moonshine illicit liquor known as “kassipu”. The palm syrup which is produced from the bud can be used to make products such as treacle, toddy and jaggery. Kitul flour is used as an ingredient for large number of foods. Matured  tree is good source of wood and can be used to produce furniture and other wooden products. In certain areas Kitul trees are felled and fed to elephants in captivity. However now it has taken a unique place in the economy of the central province or elsewhere where…