Why raw maguey sap is the sweet organic sugar substitute to try – Whittier Daily News

It’s champagne colored. It’s thicker than pancake syrup but not as stodgy as honey. Best of all, it tastes heavenly: Slightly caramelly, it’s rich with light botanical and vegetal notes.

It’s Salviana Raw Maguey Sap, and natural food fans might consider trying this unprocessed sweetener, which is drawn straight from the Salmiana Maguey cactus: It contains no preservatives or chemicals, it’s non-GMO, organic and low in glycemic sugars.


Unlike other sweeteners, it contains pre and probiotics which promote gastrointestinal health. The vendors suggest it as a sweetener for baking, but it’s ultra tasty straight out of the jar. Drizzle it on ice cream, frozen yogurt, fresh fruit, scones, biscuits and pancakes or waffles.

For those who would like to add some nutrition to decadent beverages — it’s a natural match for coffee and it’s delicious in craft cocktails containing spirits that have botanical aromatics such as tequila, mezcal and gin.

One potential downside is that it costs more than your average kitchen table honey bear: $19.95 per 11.29 ounce jar

Coolness factor? It’s labeled with that trendy catchphrase: Pre-Hispanic.

Salviana Raw Maguey Sap

Cost: $19.95 per 11.29 ounce jar

Find it: at Erewhon Markets in Calabasas, Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Venice, or shop online at salviana.com.

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