Local and traditional Khmer Product
Palm trees represent a cultural symbol of Cambodia and Khmer people have always protected their palm trees from deforestation, until today. It’s estimated that 20,000 families in Cambodia produce palm sugar, mainly as a paste, using inefficient stoves which make a low quality sugar. Palm sugar production takes place during the dry season (from December till May) when palm trees produce juice.
Sovannak Enterprise is working hand in hand with producers to improve the quality of their palm sugar in order to make it more competitive both domestically and internationally. Producers are closely trained and supported, as a result their production reach hygienic and environmental international standards. Sovannak also guarantees them to get a fair and steady price all along the season.
Where does it come from?
Even though we can find palm trees as far as vietnamese borders, most of Cambodian palm trees are concentrated in a few provinces: Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Pursat, Kampong Cham and Kandal provinces. Those provinces are able to supply domestic and international markets. The main problem is still to find the good way to access those markets: that is what Sovannak Enterprise is doing!
Kampong Speu Province has even been awarded of a geographical indication by the government in 2010. A geographic indication certifies that a product comes from a particular location and may possess certain qualities or enjoy an enhanced reputation.
Sovannak Palm sugar comes from Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Speu provinces.