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Okinawa Sugar from Murakami Syouten - 500g


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Sugar cane (100%)

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Energy 354 kcal (1481 kJ), Fat 0g of which saturates 0g, Carbohydrate 94.3g of which sugars 91.8g, Protein 0.6g, Salt 0.02g

Genuine Okinawan Black Sugar, called Kokuto in Japanese, is characterised by intense, complex flavours of molasses, smoke and spice with a bitterness that perfectly balances the sweetness.

The traditional production method of slow-cooking sugarcane juice dates to the 17th Century, only sugar that is made using this process, with sugarcane from the islands of Okinawa, can be designated “Okinawan black (or brown) sugar”. 

A flavour unlike any other sugar, it is a marvel to taste on its own, the high mineral content imparts a flavour that is a unique blend of caramel and spiced tobacco notes, with a warming richness at once bitter and sweet.

Most often used in savoury dishes it works wonders in meat and vegetable marinades, stews and stir fries. Any recipe, savoury or sweet, that calls for sugar, can be amended to use Okinawan Black Sugar for half the required amount of sugar. You will notice richer, more complex flavours of spice, caramel, tobacco and molasses. 

Hateruma Island, the southernmost inhabited of the Okinawa Islands and the home of Murakami Syouten, is a coral island. It is said, the mineral rich soil imparts the sugar made there with the richest flavour of all Okinawan Black Sugar. 

The mineral content is certainly extremely high, Okinawan sugar has over 500 times the levels of potassium and 200 times the amount of calcium of white sugar. Officially designated in Japan as a food “high in iron” it has more iron that spinach. Combined with its high levels of antioxidants this is sugar you can enjoy in the knowledge it is as as good for your body as it is for your taste buds. 

Available in 500g

Keep dry away from heat, light and moisture.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Jonathan B. (London, England)
Great alternative to processed white sugar.

I have been looking more into the "Blue Zones" diets across the world due to the healthy longevity that their populations seem to enjoy. I read about this type of sugar from Okinawa from the book "Ikigai" and decided to give it a go. My experience has been good so far and the taste is great compared to refined white sugar from the supermarket. Will be buying this product again for sure, but it could do with coming in a bigger packet as 500g doesn't last long. Overall very good and recommended.

Thank you Jonathan and great to hear the Okinawa sugar is proving to be delicious as well as a heathier alternative to white processed. We will look into bigger packs but at present that is all we can get hold off - it's precious stuff!