Palm sugar was once made from the sugary sap of the Palmyra palm or the date palm. Now it is made from the sap of the sago coconut palms, and sold as coconut sugar. Palm sugar is a golden brown paste sold in cans, tubs, tins or blocks.
Season: available year-round
How to select: Palm sugar is easily found in Asian or India markets. It should crumble when it is squeezed.
Substitutions: Mix 1 cup dark brown sugar, 2 tsp molasses, jaggery, piloncillo, and brown sugar, maple sugar, or date sugar.