English Name: Pearl Sago
Common Indian Name (Hindi): Sabudana
- Pearl Sago is a commercial product, prepared from the starch, extracted from the pith of the sago palm tree, Metaxylem sagu.
- Pearls are typically small (about 2 mm diameter), dry, opaque and white (if very pure) or colored naturally grey, brown or black, or artificially pink, yellow, green, etc.
- When soaked and cooked, they become much larger, translucent, soft and spongy.
- Pearl sago is a major staple food for the lowland peoples of Papua New Guinea and the Moluccas where it is traditionally cooked and eaten in the form of a pancake and served with fish. In India, pearl sago is used in a variety of dishes on occasion of religious fasts. In Indonesia and Malaysia, sago is used in making noodles and white bread.
- Sago flour is nearly pure carbohydrate and has very little protein, vitamins, or minerals.