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The Kitul is a type of tree with large, beautiful flowers found in Sri Lanka. The sap from the Kitul tree is extracted from the stem of the flower.
Rich in vitamins B12, B1 and C, in calcium and in iron, the sap contains equal parts of fructose, glucose and sucrose. This equilibrium cancels out the effects of the sugar, as the body is unable to store the digested energy.
Delicious, and with an amber color, the Kitul sap features pleasing caramel notes.
It is best served with fresh cow, sheep, or buffalo cheese, in which it brings out the naturally-sweet flavor.
It can also withstand heat up to 200°C, and can therefore be substituted into traditional and exotique recipes, like baked apples, coconut flan, and banana.