Jaggery is a type of unrefined sugar that is popular in many parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America. It is made from the juice of sugar cane or palm trees, which is boiled and concentrated until it forms a solid block or paste. Jaggery has a golden brown to dark brown color and a rich, molasses-like flavor. Unlike refined sugar, jaggery retains some minerals and vitamins from the plant source, which may offer some health benefits. Jaggery is used as a sweetener in various dishes and drinks, as well as in traditional medicine and religious rituals.