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Thursday, 23 May 2024

Surigao Norte State U introduces Mansanitas ice cream

By Mariesh F. CeledeΓ±a

BUTUAN CITY (PIA) – The Surigao del Norte State University (SNSU), through its food innovation center, showcased its Mansanitas ice cream in the recent provincial caravan of the Regional Development Plan 2023-2028 in Surigao City.


The Mansanitas ice cream got its first recognition through a competition on food innovation spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and used the prize money to further fund the necessary resources to develop the faculty project. With the equipment and machines provided by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the food innovation center (FIC) in Surigao del Norte State University (SNSU), the Mansanitas ice cream started its fruition. 


Dr. Cheyserr Chua Lelis, team leader of the said faculty project found potential in Mansanitas with the goal to use the underutilized fruit as primary ingredient in their ice cream product. 


“We were inspired to create Mansanitas as we were looking for an ingredient that is underutilized here in Caraga region either fruit or vegetable. We decided to use Mansanitas because of its innate sweet taste and abundance in the province,” said Lelis. 


She also shared that the Mansanitas ice cream is nutritious and healthy as it does not have sugar. The team instead uses Stevia, a sugar substitute and is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"One of the goals of this Mansanitas Ice Cream is that we want people with type 2 diabetes to also enjoy dessert." She added.


Accordingly, the project team is now in the process of testing the product to ensure that it will have the proper nutritional label, especially that the product is not commercially made but rather artisanal. 


“We process the fruits completely by hand which is by pinching them. This process preserves the natural sweetness and unique taste of Mansanitas,” the group disclosed.


“The Mansanitas ice cream is delicious. You can really taste and even see bits of the fruits. It has the right amount of sweetness and creaminess,” expressed Ronnie Madanguit who tasted the product.


The Mansanitas tree is known for its versatility as it grows fast and quick anywhere  even in poor growing conditions. It bears bountiful small fruits that turn red when ripened and have a juicy taste with lots of seeds inside.

With the aid of science and technology, Mansanitas ice cream nurtures its potential inclusion in the Filipino sweet dish. (MFC/PIA-Caraga)