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#1 User is offline   porkchop 

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 12:00 AM

Hi there, anyone know which palm is used to make gula melaka? Is it the same palm to make toddy? Is it a large tree? Thanks!
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Posted 23 November 2008 - 12:06 AM

View Postporkchop, on Nov 23 2008, 12:00 AM, said:

Hi there, anyone know which palm is used to make gula melaka? Is it the same palm to make toddy? Is it a large tree? Thanks!

If I am not wrong it is from coconut palm.
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Posted 23 November 2008 - 08:09 PM

View Postporkchop, on Nov 23 2008, 12:00 AM, said:

Hi there, anyone know which palm is used to make gula melaka? Is it the same palm to make toddy? Is it a large tree? Thanks!


Hi porkchop,

The two common palm species that I know which are commercially harvested for their sugars to manufacture toddy and gula melaka in the region are the Sugar Palm (Arenga pinnata) and Nipah Palm (Nypa fruticans). Arenga pinnata is a tree that can be grown under normal mesic conditions up to about the size of a normal coconut tree (Cocos nucifera), while Nypa fruticans is a mangrove species and produces underground rhizomes. The leaf fronds emerge from the ground and reach up to about 5m in height.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Aren_pinna_070612_042_stgd.jpg
Arenga pinnata (Image source: Wikimedia)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3221/3051932185_355fc29897.jpg
Nypa fruticans

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
weef
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Posted 15 November 2010 - 11:00 AM

YES sugar from a coconut palm , it is more expensive than palm sugar from Arenga pinnata .
Toddy is from another species Borassus flabellifer , but wine made from nearly every palm is called toddy !!
If that makes sense ?
I tasted delicious fresh juice tapped from Toddy palms when in Timor . The lady had a yoke over her shoulders with buckets made from the leaves of the Toddy palm , and a dipper made from a coconut shell . Very refreshing and only a few cents . I drank many litres of palm wine during my travels in Sulawesi as it was usually cheaper than water !!!
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Posted 22 November 2013 - 08:19 PM

Fishtail palm is also commonly used to make Gula Melaka

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