by: John Maico Hernandez
A sweet taste of upgrade!
Department of Science and Technology – Provincial Science and Technology Batangas, in partnership with the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) executed a technology training on tamarind fruit processing to help provide potential livelihood to members of Lobo Municipal Women Coordinating Council (MWCC) conducted at Ginga Food function room, March 9-10.
Tamarind, a deliciously sweet fruit that has a wide variety of uses and applications, both for medicinal and culinary purposes is abundant in Lobo, Batangas. Studies showed that its health benefits include the ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body, improve eye health, boost respiratory health, heal skin conditions, improve digestion, relieve pain, increase the strength of immune system, reduce fever, lower cholesterol to improve cardiovascular health, treat piles, prevent cancer, and even protect children against parasites and worms according to Dr. Edward Group, Global Healing Center.
According to MWCC, they have been implementing projects for the welfare of women of Lobo. Sweetened tamarind fruit and tamarind fruit balls are two of the known products made by most women in their locale. To provide an upgrade of these products and train members on processing tamarind wine, tamarind fruit drink concentrate, ready-to-drink tamarind fruit juice drink, tamarind fruit jam, and tamarind fruit candy, DOST-PSTC Batangas provided the conduct of the technology training.
Selection, handling and transportation of fruit, sorting and washing, processing equipment and facility, juice extraction, processing of fruit juice, preparation of fruit syrups and preparation of puree were among the topics discussed during the training. Meanwhile, a demonstration of how the process for each product happens and the basic food hygiene and current Good Manufacturing Practices were also provided to the participants.
“Napakaganda po na aming natutunan ang mga paggawa ng mga ganitong produkto dahil madami pong turista na natutuwang mamili ng ganito lalo pa po ngayong malapit na ang summer”, Cierlin De Mesa, Municipal Tourism Office staff, said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Oliver C. Evangelista, Science Research Specialist II and Mr. Roger Balderama, Science Research Assistant, both from DOST-ITDI, served as trainers during the training assisted by DOST-PSTC Batangas staff, Mhark Ellgine Libao, Science Research Specialist I, and John Maico Hernandez, Project Assistant II.