STEP 1: COLLECTING
The Borassus Flabellifer is our source; also known as the Cambodian Palm tree, and totally different from the Elaeis guineensis, the Palm Oil tree for which many forests were sacrificed and destroyed. The Borassus Flabellifer can be found in countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar but is mostly known as the defining landmark of the kingdom of Wonder, Cambodia. Here, there are still three million trees, scattered throughout the whole country, surviving droughts as well as big floods to live up to more than 100 years.
It takes 15 years before this palm tree reaches adulthood and can start producing the amazing nectar. And from that moment on, brave men climb up the tree every morning and every afternoon to collect the nectar.
We are working on better safety procedures to guarantee a save working environment for these men.
Another very important matter are the hygiene standards. The small buckets, hung in the trees, in which the nectar slowly drips down from the blossom, must be cleaned after the collected nectar has been poured into the aluminium nectar buckets that our company provides.
STEP 2: TRADITIONAL PROCESSING
We still buy blossom sugar in granulated form directly from the farmer. The farmer spends a few hours to cook and stir the nectar until it becomes really dry. After this, he will dry the sugar a few hours longer in the sun. The problem however is the hygiene. We can’t buy from many farmers because a lot of them don’t have their chimneys built high enough, resulting in small particles of wood ash in the sugar. Or there are other contamination problems from chickens and other animals circling around the oven.
STEP 3: KAMKAV PROCESSING
At the beginning of 2018 we hope to start with a complete new way of processing the blossom nectar from the Cambodian Palm tree. We are cooperating with a well respected factory in Thailand who is producing the necessary machinery for this ultra hygiene processing. Once everything is installed we will supply you with more information about it. One thing is almost sure: we will be the very first one who can process the blossom nectar in high quantities and with the highest hygiene standards.
One underexposed advantage of changing from the traditional cooking process to a factory process is the increasing lack of fuelwood. Trees are cut all over Cambodia. Not only to construct houses but even more for the very lucrative timber smuggling to Vietnam and China. Despite the efforts of organizations like WWF it is still taking place but only on levels that are out of reach of these NGO’s. Even the wood drifting down the Mekong is becoming scarce (probably due to the construction of dams).