Harvesting coconut sap has been practiced in the Philippines for centuries by making incisions on the spadix, the male/female coconut flower inflorescence, that ultimately matures to become a coconut.

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Why is harvesting coconut sap considered sustainable?

The coconut tree continuously produces a spadix once a month or 12 a year for approximately 50 years. As part of our resource management, we use no more than 2-3 spadices per tree at a time, thereby leaving enough spadices to mature into coconuts. What our experienced coconut farmers have discovered is that even though we tap the spadices for sap, the coconut tree actually releases more nutrients to the remaining spadices and produces more coconuts, yielding a larger coconut harvest. There's plenty of future coconuts for everyone!

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Our nursery

In producing our raw blonde Mestiza  Coconut Sugar and Mestiza Coconut Honey, we do not cut down any trees to collect the sap.

We care about the future of having more coconut trees, and so our farmers have created our very own "nursery" by collecting mature coconuts and caring for them until they become young seedlings. These seedlings are planted and in three years, will mature and start producing coconuts!

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In addition to our planting efforts, the Caraga region where we currently operate, currently has approximately 6,400 hectares of coconut trees planted. The Philippine Department of Agriculture has also committed to planting an additional 10,000 hectares of coconut trees of the “MAWA” hybrid Malaysian Tall and West African dwarf. MAWA coconut trees allow coconut farmers to climb 4x per day instead of the native Romano tall which, due to its height, a coconut farmer can only climb 3x per day, thus impacting his income.

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Small footprint yet efficient production

At our present production, we utilize 7 hectares to produce 3 metric tonnes per month. We are very efficient in producing such output given that we have such a small footprint, utilizing less than 0.1% of the available coconut trees in the region!

No fertilizers or pesticides used

We never use fertilizers because our wild-crafted coconut trees grow on volcanic soil, which is naturally fertile. And, our farmers are too poor to afford synthetic fertilizers.

We never use pesticides because we can control them naturally. One of the most common pests of the coconut tree is a beetle called brontispa. We merely introduce another indigenous insect called “sipit sipit” which looks like a scorpion that eats the insect and provides a nice predatory balance. This form of biological pest control has been successfully implemented as a common practice among coconut farmers for several decades.