Today our monks in Sri Lanka are having a day of adjustment to their new timezone before the 2019 Innersearch program begins. A good time for some light activities with Rishi Thondunathan are the Negombo area. Today we visited a small coconut grove to learn how the juice is harvested from coconut flowers. This sap is commonly used to make jaggery sugar, and if left to ferment, can make alcoholic drink known as toddy. Harvesters of the sap are nicknamed "Toddy Tappers" because the flower must be tapped on for 2 to 4 weeks with a wooden mallet before the sap begins to flow. The trees are all connected by three ropes for the toddy tappers to walk on. They will scale one tree and then go around the whole grove tapping the flowers for the day and collecting the sap.
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