Purple Drink with Apple Bits

My hubby often drinks softdrinks after meal. It is not a good habbit. Adding the fact that it is one of the major causes of his gout nightmares. I should do something about it.  This morning, I prepared a healthy drink using two bundles of camote tops, apples and other natural juices.

Ingredients:

2 cups camote tops, violet variety
4 cups water
1 can pineaplle juice
2 tbs calamansi juice
3 scoop sugar
1 small apple, small cubes

Procedure:

In a casserole, pour water and add camote tops. Simmer for three minutes. Separate water from leaves. Use the tops for salad or ensalada. Let cool. Mix pineapple juice, calamansi juice and sugar. Add apple bits. Serve cold.

purple apple camote tops drink

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Where Are The Seeds of Pineapple?

Do pineapples have seed? Yes, but only few people are noticing them. Pineapple in cans always come seedless. Whole commercial pineapple rarely have seeds and if they do have, they are just too small and partially hidden to be seen. The fruit is almost always seedless.

I have never seen one for myself.

Pineapple has numerous eyes. Each eye represents a single fruit which may contain seed in a hollow structure. The hollow structures after scraping off the peel are further removed as they are not pleasing to taste buds.

peeling orange ripe pineapplePineapple is a multiple fruit, in which numerous flowers, each with an ovary, develop into small fruits that are fused together into a larger one.

orange ripe pineappleAre pineapple seeds unnecessary?

It is needed for breeding purposes but not for commercial production. Why grow pineapple from seeds when it can be propagated easily using suckers and crowns. In addition, the plant from seeds won’t be the same as mother plant (a rule of genetics).

Seeds may take three months to germinate and another 15 months to grow three inches tall. Imagine how long it will take to see its fruit.

Literature tells, pineapple flowers are pollinated by humming birds (which is not a local species). Introduction of humming birds in Hawaii is prohibited as it will facilitate in pineapple pollination. Seeds in pineapple are undesirable.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Defining Non-Alcoholic Beverage | Featuring Cali Pineapple Flavor

Cali Non-Alcoholic Beverage, Pineapple Flavor. What does it mean? Does it mean it has no alcohol, specifically ethyl alcohol or ethanol. If it is true then all the drinks that never go fermentation, brewing and addition of ethanol belongs to the category non-alcoholic. I am sure there is something weird hidden in the term so lets go start digging.

non-alcoholic cali pineapple flavor

Here are the ingredients list. Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Malt, Citric Acid, Cereals, Artificial Pineapple Flavor, Caramel, Acesulfame-K, Hops and Anti-Oxidant.

The three listed items are primary ingredients for beer making, the Malt, Cereal and Hops.

The cereal may refer to any popular grain but probably it is none other than barley. Malt is sprouted cereal which contains several variations of  sugar namely: glucose, maltose, maltotriose and maltodextrines.  Popular use of malt is for beer brewing but is also being used for vinegar, bread and flavored beverage. Hops are flower of the hop plant. It is use to balance and bitter the beer flavor.

Expertly Brewed and Package by:

Brewed is the past tense of brew and brew is the technical term for beer making process.

So Cali is basically a beer. A non-alcoholic beer. Enough for the thinking and let us look for the real definition.

According to wiki it is a beverage with less than 0.5% alcohol. The drink still undergoes the standard brewing process. Then the alcohol is removed by distilling it out.

I think the non-alcoholic beverage is not manufactured as intended. Expertly brewing the beer just to throw the precious ethanol out is absurd. It was supposed to be a waste product of whiskey product.  The remaining liquid with minimal alcohol content and flavor are re-processed as non-alcoholic flavored beverages. An excellent idea that reduces waste and adds more product lines.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Bubod Pineapple Wine Final Update

After over three weeks time. I visited the bubod pineapple wine trial again. No bubble formations observed. It ceased, signalling fermentation end.

The smell. The aroma was like a strong wine. The taste. It had a good wine taste, a taste resembling fruit cider. It was good if not too sour. Well, it is good if I label it as vinegar.

fermented pineapple bubod

Where did the sour taste came from? Maybe I was too careless. The pineapple juice got contaminated during the process. Or the bubod itself was also responsible for sour taste.

I guess I need to repeat this crude method in a more scientific manner. Well, the main purpose of this trial is to know whether the stored bubod was still viable or not. Trying to get a good tasting wine was supposed to be a bonus.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

The Old Bubod Viability Update

a continuation of my previous experiment…

After seven days. I accidentally noticed that the PET bottle where I filled the mixture of pineapple juice, old bubod and sugar was beginning to bulge. Perhaps the bubod yeast began feeding on sugar and producing carbon dioxide. Maybe I closed the cap too tight that gas was building up inside.

Due to bulging, the bottle cap has reached the shelf sealing and started pushing down the glass rack. It will break for sure If I never noticed.

I removed the PET bottle from shelf carefully and loosened its cap. The rush of escaping air caused the juice to spray around wetting the floor and my hand. It smelled like pineapple wine.

bubbling fermenting pineapple wine

….. Yes! My old bubod is still good for fermenting wine. I am hoping for a nice tasting wine. Few weeks more and I can have a taste of it.

See Bubod Pineapple Wine Final Update.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.