Researchers from Father Urios High School, Byugan, Agusan Del Sur developed coffee and pulvoron out of ampalaya seeds. They were Ma. Liza Lamanilao and Venus Sejalbo.
The amplaya seeds that are just being thrown away are now made into coffee, polvoron and decorative materials.
The awesome discovery may discourage the use of commercial coffee that has no nutritive value. This is also developed to answer the serious need for a very economical, nutritious and at the same time a medicinal coffee.
Ampalaya seeds contains iron and folic acid or Vit. B12 which are essential for the production of the red blood cells and the formation of myoglobin and hemoglobin and was found out that this is good for dysmenorrheal and amenorrhea (absence of menstruation). Provides the daily need of iron in the body and good for diabetics.
To make coffee, just collect ampalaya seeds, remove the shells, and toast the seeds until their color turn brown and pound them you have already a caffeine free coffee.
Aside from coffee, you can also make nutritious polvoron by toasting again the granules together with milk and sugar. Then add margarine to a polvoron consistency.
note: Heat might destroys nutrients. Maybe a tea making procedure is more feasible.
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.