Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Coconut Flesh or Sapal Uses as Fuel and Flour



Coconut flesh or sapal in tagalog, has now added uses as cooking fuel and flour.

The flesh residue after grating and coconut milk extraction is known as sapal. Sapal, though usually thought to be useless except perhaps as chicken or duck feed, has an additional use as cooking fuel. Instead of using coal or wood chips, sapal can be molded into small bricks for gatong or "firewood" / cooking fuel. These sapal cooking fuel bricks are not only a great money-saving tactic but it is recycling "waste," or what was thought to be as "waste." Test studies has shown the sapal bricks to significantly outlast coal or uling.

Coconut flesh refuse or sapal, a waste product abounding in the Philippines, is also a potential source of fiber. When made into flour and incorporated into foods such as burger patties, brownies, cookies, graham crackers and others, it can increase the fiber content of the product and may help meet the requirements for fiber intake. Initial studies indicate that the fiber content of coconut flour and its conversion into short-chain fatty acids in the intestine have potential for reducing colon cancer risk.

In the Philippines, coconut sapal collection centers are now making a start. Sapal may be brought to these collection centers to be weighed or for kilohan. However, due to the abundance of this coconut flesh residue, prices of sapal by the kilo can be expected to be a bit low.

With the discovery of coconut flesh (or sapal) cooking fuel and flour, production of sapal becomes an attractive endeavor for the coconut industry. It is nutritious and a source of generating income.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey . . .



thank you very much for giving me an idea about sapal . . .


actually we are gathering some datas about sapal as a proposal in our SCIMA (Science and Math) Week. . .


we studied it before but unfortunately didn't gathered enough datas to prove its purpose . . .



BTW thank you very much . . .


you help me, and my groupmates, alot . . .


i will give gratitude to this blog . . .



sorry for my bad english . . .
im an engineering student not an english major . . .

Guest said...

How do you make sapal bricks as cooking fuel? Do you add other things to it to mold it or just form it into bricks with your bare hands while not mixing any other substances? Please I need a answer it very important for my studies.
 

ggg said...

what is the process for making a sapal bricks????

Baby Jane Bernabe said...

what are the benefits of coconut flesh when we use it in making a coconut burger...??

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